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Pianist Yuja Wang Continues Season-Long Perspectives Series in February With Frequent Recital Partner Violinist Leonidas Kavakos & and Evening of Comedy With Igudesman & Joo

Wang Returns in April in Recital with Cellist Gautier Capuçon

Series Concludes in May with Two Performances with the New World Symphony, Conducted by Fellow Perspectives Artist and Longtime Friend Michael Tilson Thomas

(New York, NY, January 11, 2019)Internationally-acclaimed pianist Yuja Wangcontinues her season-long Perspectives series this February, launching into performances that offer creative collaborations, reunions with recital partners and artists who have influenced her career, and a night of classical music comedy—all displaying the pianist’s eclectic interests and musical versatility.

Ms. Wang returns to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Wednesday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m., reuniting with violinist and frequent recital partner Leonidas Kavakos. The duo will perform a program to include Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100; Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80; Bartók’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano; and Richard Strauss’s Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18. The concert will be broadcast live on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York as part of the Carnegie Hall Live radio broadcast and digital series, also heard by listeners worldwide via wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. Produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall and co-hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and Clemency Burton-Hill, select Carnegie Hall Live broadcasts featured throughout the season include special digital access to the broadcast team from backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other.

The following week, on Monday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. Ms. Wang appears in Zankel Hall for a night of lighthearted musical comedy with virtuoso instrumentalists and jokesters Igudesman & Joo.

On Wednesday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Ms. Wang joins another esteemed colleague, cellist Gautier Capuçon, for a duo recital featuring Franck’s Violin Sonata in A Major (transcr. for cello) and Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19.

Ms. Wang’s Perspectives series concludes in May with two concerts with the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, led by Wang’s longtime collaborator and fellow Perspectives artist Michael Tilson Thomas. On Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. she plays Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on a program that also includes the New York premiere of a new work by Julia Wolfe as well as Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. The following evening, Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., Ms. Wang plays the New York premiere of a work by Michael Tilson Thomas for solo piano. Also on the program is the New York premiere of Tilson Thomas’s Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind written for and featuring soprano Measha Brueggergosman, as well as Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden" (arr. for string orchestra by Mahler).

When asked about the curation of this Perspectives series, Ms. Wang said “When [Carnegie Hall] called me about this I was in New York, and then the idea of doing whatever I want for a whole year in my hometown, especially in Carnegie, excited me. I didn't want to only do the things that I always do, like a recital, or a concerto, or an orchestra. So I decided to perform with the friends and mentors that meant a lot in my life that has been the source of my inspiration, the source of encouragement, those who have motivated me to do what I do now… I'm thrilled to have all the people that are close to my heart to participate in this series in my home city.” For more information on Yuja Wang’s Perspectivesseries visit: carnegiehall.org/wang.


About Yuja Wang 

Born in Beijing, Yuja Wang was encouraged to pursue music at an early age, starting piano lessons at the age of six and studying at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music. She moved to Canada in 1999 and became the youngest student ever enrolled at Mount Royal Conservatory. Ms. Wang was appointed as a Steinway Artist in 2001 and accepted a place at the Curtis Institute of Music to begin studying piano with Gary Graffman the following year. After graduating from Curtis in 2008, she went on to be an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, prompting Gramophone to name her as its 2009 Young Artist of the Year after the debut of her first album. The following year, Ms. Wang was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. She earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her 2011 recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Claudio Abbado.


Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives

Now in its 20th season, Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives series is an artistic initiative in which select musicians are invited to explore their own musical individuality and create their own personal concert series through collaborations with other musicians and ensembles.

Previous Perspectives artists have included Senegalese vocalist Youssou NDOUR; Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso; Indian classical tabla player Zakir Hussain; experimental rocker David Byrne; singer-songwriters Rosanne Cash and James Taylor; as well as conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim; conductors Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, and David Robertson; violinists Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter, and Christian Tetzlaff; cellist Yo-Yo Ma; pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Leif Ove Andsnes, Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Evgeny Kissin, Maurizio Pollini, Sir András Schiff, Peter Serkin, Daniil Trifonov, and Mitsuko Uchida; sopranos Renée Fleming and Dawn Upshaw; mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato; bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff; the Emerson String Quartet; the Kronos Quartet; and early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata.

In the 2018–2019 season, conductor, composer, and educator Michael Tilson Thomas also offers a seven-concert Perspectives series including two concerts with Ms. Wang and the New World Symphony. For more information visit: carnegiehall.org/mtt.


Program Information 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
, Violin

JOHANNES BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
SERGEI PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80
BÉLA BARTÓK Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano
RICHARD STRAUSS Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18

Public support for Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Perspectives: Yuja Wang

Tickets: $36–$120.

Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall
, Piano

Yuja Wang’s artistry knows no bounds. So does her sense of fun. In what promises to be an evening of laughter and dizzying virtuosity, she joins the irrepressible classical music comedy duo Igudesman & Joo. The duo has been bringing laughter to concert halls around the world, often with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and their videos on YouTube have gathered more than 45 million views. The last time the duo played at Carnegie Hall, Billy Joel and Joshua Bell jumped on stage for surprise encores. Be prepared for an anything-goes concert.

Perspectives: Yuja Wang

Tickets: $63, $75.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
, Cello

CÉSAR FRANCK Violin Sonata in A Major (transcr. for cello)
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19

Perspectives: Yuja Wang

Tickets: $35–$115.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage 

America’s Orchestral Academy
Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director and Conductor
Yuja Wang, Piano

JULIA WOLFE New Work (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SERGEI PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 5 in G Major, Op. 55
HECTOR BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

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The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Alan G. Weiler in support of the 2018-2019 season.

Funding for this commission is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by members of Carnegie Hall’s Composer Club.

Perspectives: Michael Tilson Thomas

Perspectives: Yuja Wang

Tickets: $24–$80.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall

America’s Orchestral Academy
Michael Tilson Thomas, Artistic Director and Conductor
Measha Brueggergosman, Soprano
Yuja Wang, Piano

Mikaela Bennett, Vocals
Kara Dugan, Vocals

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS Work for Solo Piano (NY Premiere)
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind (NY Premiere)
FRANZ SCHUBERT String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden" (arr. for string orchestra by Mahler)

Perspectives: Michael Tilson Thomas

Perspectives: Yuja Wang

Tickets: $63, $75.

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 



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