Yuja Wang

Sino-American pianist (Beijing, 1987- )

Yuja Wang is a Chinese pianist reputed worldwide for her technical virtuosity and her playing, spontaneous and audacious. Beyond her technique, she is also appreciated for her eclectic repertoire of piano solo and chamber music that covers the 18th century until the 20th century.

Daughter of musicians, Yuja Wang was introduced to music at a very young age. She started to learn the piano Luo Zhengmin when she was six. Her following teachers were Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Hung Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Mount Royal College Conservatory of Calgary in Canada, and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music of Philadelphia.

She gave her first concerts in 2003 and later on performed with many great orchestras such as the symphonic orchestras of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and the China Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009, she one of the few musicians invited to the concert YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Carnegie Hall, global and prestigious musical initiative. The same year, she signed with Deutsche Grammophon and recorded her first album, which was very well received. Since then, Yuja Wang’s career has spread worldwide; she is scheduled at the greatest European, Eastern and American concert venues. She performs with the most talented orchestra conductors, such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Gatti, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Mikko Franck, Manfred Honeck, Pietari Inkinen, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Kut Masur, Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Six landmark dates in the life of Yuja Wang

2006 Received the Gilmore Young Artist Award

2009 Signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon

2009 Was appointed Young Artist of the Year by Classic FM

2009 Recorded her first album dedicated to Chopin, Ligeti, Scriabin, and Liszt; chosen as Best Debut Album by the international magazine Piano; nominated at the Grammy Awards

2011 Recorded her third album dedicated to Rachmaninoff; recorded with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the conducting of Claudio Abbado (album nominated at the Grammy Awards)

2014 Recorded her fifth album dedicated to Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev, recorded with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra under the conducting of Gustavo Dudamel

Official website

Radio France Musical Documentation biography (April 2014)