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Carnegie Hall Presents

Yuja Wang, Piano

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Yuja Wang by Julia Wesely
Yuja Wang’s astounding virtuosity, exuberance, and flair make her an international superstar. A refreshingly inquisitive performer, Wang is never content with what’s predictable or safe and always backs up her daring programming choices with perfect pianism. Her 2020 Carnegie Hall recital was a deliciously eclectic, surprise-filled journey from J. S. Bach to Berg that had the audience wondering, “What will she do next?” 

Performers

Yuja Wang, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3

SCHOENBERG Suite for Piano, Op. 25

LIGETI Etude No. 6, "Automne à Varsovie"

LIGETI Etude No. 13, "L’Escalier du diable"

SCRIABIN Piano Sonata No. 3, Op. 23

ALBÉNIZ “Lavapiés" from Iberia, Book III

KAPUSTIN Prelude, Op. 53, No. 11

KAPUSTIN Prelude, Op. 53, No. 10


Encores:

FELIX MENDELSSOHN Song Without Words in F-sharp Minor, Op. 67, No. 2

TCHAIKOVSKY "Dance of the Four Swans" from Swan Lake (arr. Earl Wild)

KAPUSTIN Concert Etude, Op. 40, No. 3, "Toccatina"

ARTURO MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2

PHILIP GLASS Etude No. 6

PROKOFIEV Precipitato from Piano Sonata No. 7

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 95 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

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Yuja Wang

Pianist Yuja Wang is celebrated for her charismatic artistry, emotional honesty, and captivating stage presence. She has performed with the world’s most venerated conductors, musicians, and ensembles, and is renowned not only for her virtuosity, but her spontaneous and lively performances, ...

Pianist Yuja Wang is celebrated for her charismatic artistry, emotional honesty, and captivating stage presence. She has performed with the world’s most venerated conductors, musicians, and ensembles, and is renowned not only for her virtuosity, but her spontaneous and lively performances, famously telling The New York Times, “I firmly believe every program should have its own life and be a representation of how I feel at the moment.” This skill and charisma were recently demonstrated in her performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala in October 2021, following its historic 572-day closure. 

Yuja was born into a musical family in Beijing. After childhood piano studies in China, she received advanced training in Canada and at the Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman. Her international breakthrough came in 2007, when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Two years later, she signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and has since established her place among the world’s leading artists, with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings. She was named Musical America’s Artist of the Year in 2017, and in 2021 received an Opus Klassik Award for her world premiere recording of John Adams’s Must the Devil Have all the Good Tunes? with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel. 

As a chamber musician, Yuja has developed long-lasting partnerships with several leading artists, notably violinist Leonidas Kavakos, with whom she recorded the complete Brahms violin sonatas and performed duo recitals in the US last fall. In 2022, she embarks on a highly anticipated international recital tour, which sees her perform in world-class venues across North America, Europe, and Asia, astounding audiences once more with her flair, technical ability, and exceptional artistry in a wide-ranging program that includes Ligeti, Beethoven, and Kapustin.

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