Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang | Picture: Norbert Knia, Deutsche Grammophon

Concert information

At the invitation of the Berliner Philharmoniker


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Yuja Wang is known for the dazzling fireworks of her pianism. At the same time, she has a formidable expressive range, and can render intimate moments as persuasively as she does passages of fervent emotion. In this recital,  Yuja Wang offers listeners a selection of virtuosic piano works – with Samuel Barber’s lushly complex piano sonata, the diverse moods of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Preludes, and ballads by Frédéric Chopin, whose emotional spectrum ranges from contemplative intimacy to explosive drama.

 

 


Artists

Yuja Wang piano


Programme

Samuel Barber
Piano Sonata in E flat minor, op. 26

Dmitri Shostakovich
Preludes from op. 34 and op. 87: Selection

Frédéric Chopin
Ballad No. 1 in G minor, op. 23

Frédéric Chopin
Ballad No. 2 in F major, op. 38

Frédéric Chopin
Ballad No. 3 in A flat major, op. 47

Frédéric Chopin
Ballad No. 4 in F minor, op. 52



Main Auditorium

37 to 103 €

Series U: Piano

Biography

Yuja Wang

‘Her combination of technical ease, colouristic range and sheer power has always been remarkable,’ the Financial Times wrote about Yuja Wang, ‘but these days there is an ever-greater depth to her musicianship, drawing you into the world of each composer with compelling immediacy.’ Yuja Wang’s international breakthrough came just one year before she had completed her studies with piano legend Gray Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia: in 2007, she stepped in at short notice for the famous Martha Argerich, playing to an enthusiastic audience in Boston. Since then, she has won worldwide acclaim for her bravura, technical assurance, and charismatic stage presence. She made her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2015 with Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto, one of the most challenging pieces in the piano literature. In November 2017, she accompanied the orchestra and Simon Rattle on their tour of Asia, and in 2018 she toured with the orchestra again, this time under the direction of Kirill Petrenko, to equally enthusiastic acclaim. Yuja Wang also regularly gives solo recitals in the music capitals of Asia, Europe and North America. ‘Listening to her is to re-examine your ideas about how well one can play the piano in the first place,’ wrote the San Francisco Chronicle. Next Saturday, Yuja Wang can be heard for the first time at the Waldbühne with the Berliner Philharmoniker.