Performance Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 8 PM

Yuja Wang

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Yuja Wang “is, quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today, and there’s nothing left to do but sit back, listen, and marvel at her artistry” (San Francisco Chronicle). Carnegie Hall audiences can witness this piano phenomenon in action when she returns for another supercharged recital.


  • Yuja Wang, Piano


  • PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 28
  • CHOPIN Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58
  • CHOPIN Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
  • CHOPIN Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47
  • NIKOLAI KAPUSTIN Variations for Piano, Op. 41
  • STRAVINSKY Three Movements from Pétrouchka

  • Encores:
  • RACHMANINOFF Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 (arr. Kocsis)
  • BIZET Carmen Variations (arr. Horowitz)
  • YOUMANS "Tea for Two" from No, No, Nanette (arr. Tatum)
  • CHOPIN Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Yuja Wang

    Pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized as one of the most important artists of her generation. She has performed with many of the world's prestigious orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Abroad, she has appeared with the Staatskapelle Berlin, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, among others. Conductors with whom Ms. Wang has collaborated include Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Manfred Honeck, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

    This season, the London Symphony Orchestra has invited Ms. Wang to be a featured artist in the LSO Artist Portrait series, followed by a tour of China with conductor Daniel Harding conducting. She also makes her debut with the Hungarian National Philharmonic in a performance of Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 2, conducted by Zoltán Kocsis. In addition, she tours Europe with violinist Leonidas Kavakos, returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for subscription concerts and a US tour, and appears with the Boston Symphony and Cleveland orchestras.

    Ms. Wang is an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon. Her three albums Sonatas & Etudes, Transformation, and Fantasia explored solo piano literature. She has also recorded her first concerto album with Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, featuring Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the composer's Concerto No. 2, which earned a Grammy nomination in the "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" category. Most recently, Ms. Wang collaborated with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in a live recording of Prokofiev's Concerto No. 2 and Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 3.

    Ms. Wang has studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, and Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 2010, she received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

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Stravinsky's Pétrouchka Three Movements, "Danse russe"
Yuja Wang, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

Tonight's concert features some of the most monumental works in the piano literature. Known for their breadth and technical demand, this repertoire stretches the performer in all capacities, offering numerous opportunities to showcase control, technical prowess, range of color, and emotional depth.

Prokofiev, Chopin, and Stravinsky were noted not only for the difficulty of their writing, but also for their nationalistic groundings by incorporating rhythms, styles, and melodies native and unique to their respective countries. But despite their musical patriotism, each composer is also acknowledged and recognized for cultivating a distinctive and inimitable sound world that would influence all others after them. Paired alongside these standard works is Nikolai Kapustin's soulful and colorful Variations for Piano, in which he presents classical and jazz techniques in tandem.
Program Notes
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This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos I.