Yuja Wang, Piano
Igudesman & Joo
Critical superlatives and audience ovations have followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career. Celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, she is set to achieve new heights during the 2018–2019 season, which features recitals, concert series, season residencies, and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors.
Ms. Wang began the current season with a performance of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto at the Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons, followed by a tour with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko that featured Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In the spring of 2019, Ms. Wang embarks on a tour to Los Angeles, Seoul, and Tokyo with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to give the first-ever performances of John Adams’s new piano concerto. She also reunites with cellist and frequent collaborator Gautier Capuçon for a vast chamber tour of the United States.
Additional engagements this season include an extensive recital tour to South America, several concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev in Asia, concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Versailles, performances at the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn with Gustavo Dudamel, tours with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and concerts in Istanbul, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Kotor. In addition to this evening’s concert, Ms. Wang’s Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall includes performances with Martin Grubinger, Leonidas Kavakos, Gautier Capuçon, and the New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas. This season, Ms. Wang also is an artist in residence at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Luxembourg’s Philharmonie.
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.
Millions of YouTube viewers can’t be wrong. Well, they can—but in this case, they aren’t, and they’ve turned the inspired lunacy of Igudesman & Joo into an internet and international sensation. Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical concerts. Combining comedy with music, their clips on YouTube have gathered more than 45 million hits. They have appeared on many of the world’s most esteemed stages and have been invited to perform with orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Aleksey and Hyung-ki met at the age of 12 at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. Thanks to a portion of fish and chips, they soon began creating their groundbreaking shows. Since then, many of the world’s most respected musicians have asked to be included in the duo’s skits of musical mayhem, such as tonight’s performance of The Clone with Yuja Wang.
Besides touring their duo shows A Little Nightmare Music, And Now Mozart, and Play It Again, Igudesman & Joo frequently collaborate with symphony orchestras on their titles Clash of the Soloists, UpBeat, and BIG Nightmare Music, which will be performed this season with the Nashville Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra.
Igudesman & Joo have appeared in several films, including Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Classical Music, Pianomania, and the award-winning Noseland. They also have teamed up with actor John Malkovich for their CD You Just Have to Laugh and new show The Music Critic. They have shared the stage with artists from Billy Joel to Joshua Bell. As composers, they have been commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and others. They have collectively released more than 50 publications with Universal Edition, and their film and concert music is performed all over the world.
The fall of 2019 will see the publication of the duo’s book about creativity, titled Save the World. They recently introduced Music Traveler—an app for reserving practice rooms—to New York City.
Aleksey Igudesman performs with a bow made by Boston-based bow maker Benoit Roland, and on a Santo Seraphin violin from the year 1717, which is kindly loaned to him by Erste Bank. He uses handmade strings by Thomastik Infeld. Hyung-ki Joo is a Steinway Artist. Igudesman & Joo wear clothing by Cleofe Finati.