Category Archives: Press

Leo Weekly: Two Of Classical Music’s Brightest Young Stars, Teddy Abrams And Pianist Yuja Wang, Reunite For Louisville Orchestra Performance

2 weeks ago |
Leo Weekly Pianist Yuja Wang appears with the Louisville Orchestra in concerts Friday and Saturday in Whitney Hall to premiere a new “Piano Concerto” composed by Teddy Abrams. It’s the 14th composition Abrams has created for the orchestra in his…

The Philadelphia Orchestra Opens Carnegie Hall “On paper, the concert with which Carnegie Hall returned to live performances after being closed for 572 days looked simply crowd-pleasing, as befits a fund-raising gala. Nézet-Séguin — leading the Philadelphia Orchestra, which he also directs — included Bernstein’s festive “Candide” overture and Beethoven’s omnipresent Fifth Symphony. Yet the program opened with Valerie Coleman’s “Seven O’Clock Shout,” written during the pandemic as a tribute …

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“As a duo, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Yuja Wang, two formidable virtuosi in their own right, are nothing short of fierce – or, in optional terms less feral: incandescent, mesmerizing, spectacular. Such were the qualities of their recital together the afternoon of Nov. 7 at Orchestra Hall, a program of remarkable intensity and seriousness, but notable as well for its splendor and its sheer power… against Wang’s sparkling counterpoint, …

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Euronews: Yuja Wang embraces Mozart’s darker piano concerto

6 months ago |
Euronews World-renowned piano virtuoso Yuja Wang shines at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. [embed]https://youtu.be/vx3fuisF1Nk[/embed] The perfect backdrop In the Dzintari Concert Hall and accompanied by the waves of the Baltic Sea, Wang interprets Mozart's piano…

“Yuja Wang was the soloist, bringing devil-may-care glamour and dexterity to the outer movements and exquisite poise to the central Andante, among the most beautiful things Shostakovich ever wrote.” The Guardian “Rachmaninov’s massive sonorities hold no terrors for her, she’s equally capable of exquisitely nuanced playing, as evidenced by the beautifully weighted chords at the close of the second movement and the delicate filigree of the opening of the third.” Evening Standard “Shostakovich’s Second Piano …

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BBC Music Magazine: The best classical albums released in 2020

1 year ago |
John Adams Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?*; China Gates Yuja Wang (piano); *Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Gustavo Dudamel DG 483 8289 (Digital Only/Vinyl)   30:58 mins ‘Satan has proved an unlikely muse throughout musical history: from Liszt’s Totentanz and ‘demonic’ recitals…

New York Times: Does Knowing What You’re Hearing Matter?

2 years ago |
Yuja Wang caused a small sensation at Carnegie Hall by throwing her program’s order to the winds. Carnegie Hall was packed, including extra seats on the stage, for a recital by the pianist Yuja Wang. Her program offered 13 wildly contrasting…

La Vanguardia: ¿Conciertos a puerta cerrada? Si no hay más remedio…

2 years ago |
Many have written that  soccer is not the same behind closed doors  and that the emotion of the public is what gives it meaning. Without a doubt  , rock would be the equivalent  of soccer in this sense, as far…

” The new concerto opens by sending Yuja Wang, the soloist here (as at the premiere), into the boxing ring for three rounds against the devil. Fists fly as pianist and orchestra trade blows in a rhythmically pugnacious stand-off, which hardly lets up in energy until near the very end. Wang’s hands flash up and down the keyboard with brilliance. From there the music relaxes somewhat as it sinks into a …

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“Yuja Wang turned Davies Hall into her own deluxe dice cup Sunday night, shook it hard, and let the numbers fall where they would. It will surprise no one who has ever heard this stunningly gifted pianist that she cleaned up and left everyone at the bar gaping at her game. But on this particular night, the always combustive Wang had more surprises than usual in store. […] The inspiration of …

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