Performance Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 8 PM

Yuja Wang

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The dazzling pianist absolutely everyone is talking about, Yuja Wang astounded Carnegie Hall audiences last season with her solo recital. You cannot miss the return of the musician about whom the San Francisco Chronicle says “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.”


  • Yuja Wang, Piano


  • SCHUBERT / LISZT "Liebesbotschaft" from Schwanengesang, D. 957 / S. 560
  • SCHUBERT / LISZT "Aufenthalt" from Schwanengesang, D. 957 / S. 560
  • SCHUBERT / LISZT "Der Müller und der Bach" from Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795 / S. 565
  • SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959
  • SCRIABIN Prelude for the Left Hand, Op. 9, No. 1
  • SCRIABIN Prelude in F-sharp Minor, Op. 11, No. 8
  • SCRIABIN Fantasy in B Minor, Op. 28
  • SCRIABIN Prelude in B-flat Minor, Op. 37, No. 1
  • SCRIABIN Two Poems, Op. 63
  • SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68, "Black Mass"
  • BALAKIREV Islamey

  • Encores:
  • SCHUMANN "Der Kontrabandiste, Bar," Op. 74, No. 10 (arr. Tausig)
  • SCHUBERT "Gretchen am Spinnrade," D. 118 (arr. Liszt)
  • BIZET Carmen Variations (arr. Horowitz)
  • CHOPIN Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
  • YOUMANS "Tea for Two" from No, No, Nanette (arr. Tatum)

Event Duration

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


  • Yuja Wang

    Yuja Wang is widely recognized as one of the most important artists of her generation. She has performed with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and National Symphony Orchestra in the US, and abroad with the Staatskapelle Berlin, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orquesta Nacional de España, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, among others.

    Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Valery Gergiev, Mikko Franck, Pietari Inkinen, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Antonio Pappano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yuri Temirkanov, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Ms. Wang regularly gives recitals and appears at summer chamber music festivals throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.

    This season, Ms. Wang is artist-in-residence with Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra, appearing in two weeks of performances with Lionel Bringuier and a final week with Mr. Dudamel. She will also be featured in a two-week residency with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Ms. Wang performs Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with both the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, and returns to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to work with Mariss Jansons. Ms. Wang also continues her recital touring worldwide and is the featured soloist on a London Symphony Orchestra tour with Mr. Tilson Thomas.

    An exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon, Ms. Wang's catalogue includes three sonata recordings, a concerto recording with Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and a CD of music by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff with Mr. Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Most recently, Ms. Wang recorded the Brahms violin sonatas with Mr. Kavakos for Decca Classics.

    Ms. Wang studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren, Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, and Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Gary Graffman. In 2010, she received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.


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Scriabin Etude in in C-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 9
Yuja Wang, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

Musical transcription is a dying art form in an age that places a premium on originality. Well into the 20th century, however, touring piano virtuosos packed their recital programs with arrangements of music conceived for other instruments or ensembles. Liszt’s scrupulously faithful keyboard versions of Schubert’s lieder remind us that he was a great song composer in his own right, even as his massive A-Major Sonata reveals a new vista of piano writing that Liszt and others would explore.

Scriabin began his career as a Romantic composer-pianist in the Lisztian mold and ended as a proto-Modernist. This evening’s selections range from the lyrical, Chopin-esque idiom of his early genre pieces to the hypnotic repetitions, subterranean rumblings, and satanic outbursts of the late “Black Mass” Sonata.

Another of the 19th century’s great composer-pianists, Balakirev was the guiding light of the group of Russian nationalist composers known as the “Mighty Handful.” His interest in Slavic musical traditions extended to the ethnic groups of Russia’s Far West: Islamey, subtitled an “Oriental Fantasy,” was inspired by Balakirev’s visits to the Caucasus region in the 1860s. Both Liszt and Scriabin had this colorful showpiece in their repertoires.
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This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos II.