Piano recital with Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang piano
Programme to be announced.
Fri, 01 Jun 2018, 20:00
Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:00
As her mother was a dancer, Yuja Wang, who was born in Beijing in 1987, attended rehearsals in the ballet studio from an early age – and to the surprise of everyone was fascinated not by the ballerinas, but by the woman at the piano and the music she played. Her interest in music was then encouraged by her parents. After first steps on the piano at home, she started taking professional lessons at the age of seven, and became a student at the conservatory in Beijing just two years later. At the age of 14, the pianist, who now lives in New York, left her home to continue her studies first in Canada, then in the USA, where she was taught by Gary Graffman, like her fellow countryman Lang Lang. First awards at international competitions followed her European debut in 2003. She made her US debut one year later. In 2007, she made her definitive breakthrough when she performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto in Boston as a stand-in for an indisposed Martha Argerich.
Since then, Yuja Wang, who made her Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation debut in a piano recital in 2013, has belonged to the crème de la crème of the younger generation of pianists. Her extensive yet hand-picked repertoire focuses on the music of Russian composers such as Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Scriabin, plus on the piano cosmos of Chopin. On top of that, Brahms’ music, as she says, just “clicked” with her, as did Ravel’s. She also often programmes works by Domenico Scarlatti, Schubert, Beethoven and Liszt. Mozart’s works, on the other hand, she only played publicly for the first time in 2016, and there are other composers, including Bach, that she has never performed for audiences – so far! Yuja Wang has indicated in interviews that she still has a lot of repertoire up her sleeve, but wants to wait for the right moment before performing them in public – which makes it is all the more exciting to see what works the pianist will play for her recital this year in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie.