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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

6 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

7 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”

7 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.…

Five stars at the Barbican: “Yuja Wang nearly out-Horowitzed Horowitz”

9 months ago |
"Her combination of technical ease, colouristic range and sheer power has always been remarkable, as has the sense that she is entirely at one with the instrument, but these days there is an ever-greater depth to her musicianship, drawing you…

“Yuja Wang’s Pianism Inspires a Sense of Wonder”

9 months ago |
Alan Sanders - Seen and Heard International “Yuja Wang penetrated its mysterious world with great sensitivity and the shoals of keyboard sound in the second movement were brilliantly conveyed. (more…)

Bachtrack: “A truly remarkable display from a musical giant”

9 months ago |
Chris Garlick - Bachtrack “Intimacy and brilliant showmanship were equally on show at the Barbican, courtesy of the creative powerhouse that is Yuja Wang. In a programme that mostly consisted of showy, but intense and mostly off the beaten track works,…

Yuja Wang: une «Wonderwoman» à la Maison symphonique

9 months ago |
Christophe Huss, Le Devoir "Voilà une pianiste qui fait se lever un public montréalais pour acclamer trois Études de György Ligeti! Nous étions en fin de première partie et ce que Yuja Wang venait d’accomplir dans Touches bloquées, Vertige et Désordre était tout simplement phénoménal, tenant quasiment de…

“Yuja Wang sparkles at Jordan Hall”

9 months ago |
Zoë Madonna, Boston Globe Fashion and encores are typically considered optional trimmings in classical performance, but for Yuja Wang, these things are as crucial a piece of a performance as the piano itself. At Jordan Hall on Friday night, the…