Perspectives: Yuja Wang with Martin Grubinger

“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 

“Ms. Wang, hammering ostinato chords with immense force that belied her small frame, didn’t have the look of a soloist with accompaniment, but of a percussionist among others in an ensemble.

And the Stravinsky, stripped of its full orchestra, was more grounded and ritualistic than I’ve ever heard it…Ms. Wang, a mighty substitute for the work’s string instruments, demonstrated how the piece has always used violins as thinly veiled percussion.”

The New York Times