Category Archives: Press

SFCM: Yuja Wang on Practicing, Performing, and Sushi

2 months ago |
SFCM Pianist Yuja Wang visited SFCM for a master class in April. Get to know the critically acclaimed musician and her advice for young artists. Known for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, Yuja Wang is one of the…

“Etat de grâce également pour Yuja Wang, chez elle dans les passages les plus virtuoses du Premier Concerto pour piano de Rachmaninov, œuvre de jeunesse que le compositeur révisa des années plus tard, à l’aune des triomphes obtenus par le Deuxième et le Troisième. Aussi flamboyant qu’impeccablement tenu, son jeu, qui n’oublie jamais le phrasé ni la ligne mélodique, trouve un partenaire idéal en Klaus Mäkelä, soucieux d’offrir un accompagnement anguleux …

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“There’s nothing Wang can’t do at the piano keyboard, but Liszt’s writing seemed to bring out some of her most astonishing skills. When she tore into the big opening theme that runs through the entire concerto like a fixation, she did it with a blend of power and subtlety that seemed almost paradoxical — how does she make this attack so big-boned and yet so soft-edged, without any hint of …

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

6 months 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

11 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

2 years 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…