Yuja Wang, pianist, will perform as a guest of the Schubert Club International Artist Series on January 11, 8:00 p.m. at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. The Program will include Corelli, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Scriabin Mussorgsky, Mendelssohn, and Saint-Saëns.
Yuja Wang is celebrated for controlled, prodigious technique, for her fresh interpretations and charismatic stage presence. She combines spontaneity with fearless imagination and youthful vigor with the discipline and precision of a mature artist.
Born in Beijing in 1987, Wang 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.
From 1999 to 2001, she studied at the Morningside Music summer program at Calgary’s Mount Royal College, an artistic and cultural exchange program between Canada and China, before moving to Canada to study with Hung Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Mount Royal College Conservatory.
In 2002 at just age 15, Wang won 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 she received the Gilmore Young Artist Award.
Wang is an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon. Her 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 Wang 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.
Wang’s second album, Transformation, which includes works by Stravinsky, Scarlatti, Brahms and Ravel, was released by Deutsche Grammophon in April 2010.
That same season Wang 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.
Wang 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.
During the 2009-10 season Wang 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. She also made recital debuts at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Hong Kong City Hall Theater and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Additional highlights from Wang’s 2009-10 season included an 11-city U.S. tour with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra led by Long Yu in honor of the orchestra’s 130th anniversary and seven performances with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Patrick Summers during the orchestra’s 20th Anniversary U.S. tour. She also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony led by Michael Tilson Thomas. www.yujawang.com