Part of: Great Artists II
Critical superlatives and audience ovations have followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career. Celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, she has registered fresh achievements during the 2017–2018 season, which has included recitals, concert series, and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors.
Ms. Wang began the current season with a summer 2017 tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, performing a program that featured Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto. This was followed by a performance of the composer’s First Piano Concerto at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lionel Bringuier. Additional engagements include concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, a series of performances at the Verbier Festival, and a three-city German tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Wang also embarks on play-conduct tours with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, joins the New York Philharmonic’s inaugural tour with Jaap van Zweden, and performs on the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra’s final tour with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Other notable appearances include concerts in Hong Kong, Prague, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Miami, and Washington, DC.
This past winter, Ms. Wang reunited with violinist and frequent collaborator Leonidas Kavakos for a European chamber tour. This spring, Ms. Wang embarks on a far-reaching recital tour at premier venues in US and European cities that include New York, San Francisco, Rome, Vienna, Berlin, and Paris, among others.
Ms. Wang was born into a musical family in Beijing, China. After childhood piano studies, she received advanced training in Canada and at the Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman. Ms. Wang’s international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon two years later, and has since established her place among the world’s leading artists with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings. Ms. Wang was named Musical America’s 2017 Artist of the Year.