A pianist who radiates palpable magnetism and a
distinctly contemporary sensibility, Yuja Wang is an astounding artist whose awe-inspiring
technique is matched only by her eloquence as a musician. Since her breakthrough debut with
the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007 while still a student at the Curtis Institute of
Music, she has established herself as an international sensation and a fixture among the
world's leading orchestras-including those of New York, London, Amsterdam, and
Berlin-regularly joining them on tours of the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Championed early
on by preeminent maestros-including Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the late
Claudio Abbado-she is one of today's most sought-after soloists, as well as a fiercely
dedicated chamber musician, recitalist, and Grammy-nominated recording artist.
To launch the 2015-2016 season, Ms. Wang joined Michael Tilson Thomas and the San
Francisco Symphony on tour, performing works by Beethoven and Bartók at London's BBC Proms;
the Edinburgh, Rheingau, Lucerne, and Enescu festivals; and in Amsterdam, Luxembourg, and
Paris. She played Messiaen's Turangalîla-symphonie with the New York Philharmonic
under Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela under Gustavo
Dudamel, both in Caracas and throughout Europe. Mozart's "Jeunehomme" Concerto was on the
program for her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, as well
as for appearances with the New York, Los Angeles, and Israel philharmonics led by Charles
Dutoit, Lionel Bringuier, and Zubin Mehta, respectively. A US tour with Mikhail Pletnev and
the Russian National Symphony showcased both the Mozart and Tchaikovsky's Second Concerto,
the latter of which she reprised with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal
Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and Asia. In recital, Ms. Wang tours France, Holland,
and Germany, and reunites with violinist Leonidas Kavakos for a complete Brahms sonata
cycle at the Edinburgh Festival.
An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2009, Ms. Wang has released three solo
albums and two concerto recordings to date. Her debut release, Sonatas &
Etudes, was nominated for a Grammy Award and earned her Gramophone's Young
Artist of the Year. For Transformation, Ms. Wang earned the 2011 ECHO Klassik
award for Young Artist of the Year, while her recording of Rachmaninoff concertos with
Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra received a Grammy nomination for Best
Classical Instrumental Solo. Next followed Fantasia (a collection of solo
encores), and live accounts of Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff concertos with Gustavo Dudamel
and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. In 2014, Ms. Wang joined Leonidas
Kavakos to record the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas for Decca Records, and also
appeared on the award-winning soundtrack of the motion picture Summer in February.
Her latest recording-Yuja Wang: Ravel, with Lionel Bringuier and the
Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich-was released last fall.
Born in Beijing in 1987, Ms. Wang began piano lessons at the age of six and went on to
study with Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren at Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music. In 1999,
she joined the Morningside Music Bridge summer program at Calgary's Mount Royal University,
and in 2001, she embarked on two years of study with Hung-Kuan Chen at Mount Royal
University Conservatory. Following studies with John Perry at Aspen Music Festival and a
win in the concerto competition, Ms. Wang became a student of Gary Graffman at
Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, graduating in 2008. She is the recipient of the
2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award and winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Ms. Wang is a Steinway artist.