Category Archives: Press

Euronews: Yuja Wang embraces Mozart’s darker piano concerto

2 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

10 months 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?

1 year 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…

1 year 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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Recital in Chicago


“Yuja Wang’s recital Sunday afternoon in Orchestra Hall… [was] a guided tour through several historical epochs, each benefiting from Wang’s distinct perspective – plus, of course, her wizardly technique. The concert’s high point, not surprisingly, came with Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp Major, Op. 53, a treacherously difficult work even a pianist of Wang’s keyboard acuity and self-composure was wise to save for the end. Beyond its monstrous technical …

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Star pianist Yuja Wang believes ‘you always have to reinvent yourself’

2 years ago |
Not only has Yuja Wang become one of the classical-music world’s biggest box-office draws, at just 32 the pianist is regarded among the instrument’s greatest living interpreters. Indeed, some critics are ready to put her at the top of the…

“Chopin’s Introduction et Polonaise Brillante initially found Wang taking an accompanying role, but ended with a dazzling display from her – of course Chopin couldn’t keep the piano in the background for long. Nothing seemed to faze Wang, either here or in Chopin’s later Cello Sonata” The Guardian