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Ordway Center for the Performing Arts - Music Theater
Ordway Main Hall 345 Washington St. Saint Paul, MN 55102
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“. . .a practically superhuman keyboard technique with artistic eloquence that is second to none.”  —_San Francisco Chronicle _
“. . .jawdropping.” —The Washington Post
Yuja Wang discusses her album Transformation on YouTube.



Fantasiestücke, Op. 111 — Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Selection of poems and etudes — Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915)

Preludes, Op. 28 — Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849

Twenty-three year old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. Regularly lauded for her controlled, prodigious technique, Yuja’s command of the piano has been described as “astounding” and “superhuman,” and she has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and graceful, charismatic stage presence.

Yuja’s debut recording, Sonatas & Etudes, released in the spring of 2009 “suggests a combination of blazing technique and a rare instinct for poetry” wrote Gramophone magazine, which named Yuja the Classic FM Gramophone Awards 2009 Young Artist of the Year.  The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without Orchestra) category and was named Best Debut Album of 2009 by International Piano magazine. Yuja’s second album, Transformation, which includes works by Stravinsky, Scarlatti, Brahms and Ravel, was released by Deutsche Grammophon in April 2010.

Since her 2005 debut with the National Arts Center Orchestra led by Pinchas Zukerman, for which the Canadian press reported “a star is born,” Yuja has already performed with many of the world’s prestigious orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, New World Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, and abroad with the Tonhalle Orchestra, China Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo and Orchestra Mozart, among others. In 2006 Yuja made her New York Philharmonic debut at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and performed with the orchestra the following season under Lorin Maazel during the Philharmonic’s Japan/Korea visit. That same season she performed in Leeds, U.K., and toured the Netherlands with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic led by Yuri Temirkanov.

In 2008 Yuja toured the United States with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Sir Neville Marriner and in 2009 she performed as a soloist with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Tilson Thomas at Carnegie Hall. She has given recitals in major cities throughout North America and abroad, is a dedicated performer of chamber music, and makes regular appearances at festivals including the Aspen Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Gilmore Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Festival and the Verbier Festival. She has worked with many of the world’s esteemed conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Robert Spano, Michael Stern, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vänskä, and Pinchas Zukerman.

As a young emerging pianist, Yuja makes a number of important debuts each season, both with major orchestras and in recital.  In the fall of 2009, following her Carnegie Hall orchestral debut performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Charles Dutoit, The _New York Times _wrote: “…the evening’s most breathtaking moments were provided by the pianist Yuja Wang…She seems to have everything: speed, flexibility, pianistic thunder and interpretive nuance.”  During the 2009-10 season Yuja performed the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s piano concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra led by Andrew Litton in Washington D.C.  She also made her debut with the Charlotte Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Portland Symphony Orchestra and Montréal Symphony Orchestra in North America, and abroad with the Frankfurter Museumsorchester, Filarmonica della Scala, Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic.

Born in Beijing in 1987, Yuja began studying piano at age six, with her earliest public performances taking place in China, Australia and Germany, and went on to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren. Following three years, from 1999 to 2001, at the Morningside Music summer program at Calgary’s Mount Royal College, an artistic and cultural exchange program between Canada and China, Yuja moved to Canada and began studying with Hung Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Mount Royal College Conservatory. In 2002, at age 15, Yuja won the Aspen Music Festival’s concerto competition and moved to the U.S. to study with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she graduated in 2008. In 2006 Yuja received the Gilmore Young Artist Award.


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