Her singular blend of technical prowess, keen musical insight and emotional depth have established Yuja Wang as one of the world’s finest performers. The power of her interpretations emerges from a distinct combination of her exceptional presence on stage and a natural affinity and inquisitive approach to the repertoire. Charismatic’, ‘breathtaking’, ‘flawless’ and ‘heartfelt’ are just a selection of the superlatives used frequently by critics worldwide.
Winter of 2017 sees Yuja reunite with violinist and frequent collaborator Leonidas Kavakos for a European chamber tour, whilst in the spring of 2018, Yuja will embark on a vast-reaching recital tour at premier venues in the US and Europe.
Yuja was born into a musical family in Beijing. After childhood piano studies in China, she received advanced training in Canada and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman. By the time she graduated from Curtis in 2008, she had already gained momentum following the spectacular success of her debut three years earlier with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich on short notice in performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no.1 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Over the past decade of her career, she has worked with such pre-eminent Maestros as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Michael Tilson Thomas, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit and Zubin Mehta.
She has been named as Musical America’s Artist of the Year for 2017.