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‘Concert for Peace’: Vienna Philharmonic and pianist Yuja Wang mark 100 years since end of Great War

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Euronews The world famous Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War with a symbolic "Concert for Peace" during a memorable performance at the Royal Opera House at the Palace of Versailles. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIm0mr0PNYA[/embed] Maestro…

New York Times: Yuja Wang Makes a Case for the Piano as Percussion

3 weeks ago |
Joshua Barone, New York Times Look up “Is the piano a percussion or string instrument?” online, and you’ll find an irreconcilable series of arguments for either side. But on Friday night, the pianist Yuja Wang, in the first of her six…

“One is familiar with her agility, energy, and power, but that’s in the context of her solo playing, which is full of expressive rubato and dynamics. Yet on Friday night, she was a great rhythm player, absolutely on point with the entire group for every attack, and every sixteenth note rest—each chord and line she played fit perfectly into what was happening around her.” New York Classical Review 

Laís Franklin | VOGUE Foi depois de um convite às pressas para tocar no Symphony Hall, em Boston, que a pianista chinesa Yuja Wang deu seu primeiro grande passo rumo ao reconhecimento internacional, em 2007. O repertório consistia no desafiador Concerto para Piano nº1 em Si Bemol Menor, de Tchaikovsky. Não bastassem a complexidade e a rapidez do andamento da música, acompanhada pela tradicional Orquestra Sinfônica de Boston, ela tinha o desafio …

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Prospero, The Economist Against the orchestral musicians, uniformly dressed in black, Yuja Wang shines like a jewel in the Royal Albert Hall in London. She sits, straight-backed, at the piano in a glittering sleeveless dress and unfeasibly high heels. She smiles and closes her eyes as she begins to play Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No.3”—one moment thrusting her head in accordance with the speed and passion of the music, the next allowing her …

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“That left the latest appearance by pianist Yuja Wang — charismatic, technically dazzling and artistically persuasive as ever — to address the pleasure principle pure and simple. In Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Wang’s playing was a starburst of wit and dark expressivity, from the steely strut of the parallel chords that open the jaunty central section of this one-movement work to the intricate polyphony of the cadenza …

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“In the Prokofiev, Petrenko and Yuja Wang were an ideal mercurial partnership… Her chimerical crispness gave an extra buoyancy to the cornucopia of invention – “how can a single work of art display so much genius?” she asks in a programme interview with theartsdesk‘s David Kettle – and was offset by a remote magic for the mysteries at the heart of the first movement and in the central theme and variations. The …

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How A World-Class Pianist Reached The “Mount Everest” Of Music

3 months ago |
Katie Berrington, Vogue Yuja Wang remembers when she first fell in love with classical music. It was as a very young child, watching her mother, a dancer, in rehearsals for Swan Lake. "I was blown away by its beauty," the…

Yuja Wang at the Ravinia Festival

4 months ago |
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune “The evening’s highlight, by far, arrived via Dudamel’s collaboration with pianist Yuja Wang in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Wang, an alumnus of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute who played the festival last summer, received a conquering…

“Yuja Wang, Boston Symphony Orchestra outstanding at Tanglewood”

4 months ago |
Ken Ross, Mass Live “Wang possesses the amazing ability to vividly bring a composer's music to life and make it sound like something she created herself. On Sunday, Wang gave a passionate, powerful, nuanced performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.…