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Yuja Wang

Biography

Born: February 10, 1987 in Beijing, China   Country: China   Period: 20th/21st Centuries
Yuja Wang is one of those exceedingly rare pianists to have become a major international presence by her 21st birthday. Having performed by then with such orchestras as the New York, St. Petersburg, and China philharmonics, and the Chicago, San Francisco, and Houston symphony orchestras, she transitioned almost overnight from an unknown but hugely talented teenager to arguably the most famous Chinese-born female pianist. And with a multi-disc Read more recording contract with DG and a schedule of more than 100 concerts yearly, she is one of the busiest on the globe, as well. While she has had success in competitions, Wang owes her sudden fame mostly to her role as a fill-in for superstar pianists who cancel on short notice. Most famously, Wang substituted for Martha Argerich in the Tchaikovsky First with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in March 2007. The reviewers were ecstatic in their praise for her performance. The following year she substituted for Murray Perahia on a concert tour that garnered lavish critical acclaim from Boston to San Francisco. Wang's repertory is broad and quite eclectic, taking in works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and others.

Yuja Wang was born in Beijing, China, on February 10, 1987. She began piano lessons at six and had later studies at Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music. She was a prizewinner in the Sendai International Music Competition in 2001. That same year she moved to Calgary, Canada, for studies at the Mount Royal College Conservatory.

Wang won the 2002 Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, after which she relocated to the U.S. for studies at the Curtis Institute under Gary Graffman. Her European debut was in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2003, when she performed the Beethoven Fourth with the Tonhalle Orchestra under David Zinman.

In February 2005, Wang launched her career as a "fill-in" when she substituted for Radu Lupu in Ottawa, Canada, for another performance of the Beethoven Fourth. In 2006 Wang was the recipient of the Gilmore Young Artist Award. Wang graduated from Curtis Institute in 2008, and went on that summer to give acclaimed performances of the Liszt B minor Sonata, Brahms Horn Trio, and Prokofiev First Piano Concerto at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The following year she was invited by Claudio Abbado to play the Prokofiev Third Piano Concerto at the Lucerne Festival. That acclaimed performance was issued on a EuroArts DVD in 2010.

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Mahler: Symphony no 1, Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no 3 / Abbado, Wang [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 10/26/2010   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2057964   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Masterpieces in Miniature / Tilson Thomas, San Francisco
    Label: San Francisco Symphony   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Charles Litolff,  Gustav Mahler,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Brahms: Violin Sonatas / Kavakos, Wang
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002032902 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Leonidas Kavakos,  Yuja Wang
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    Summer In February / Wang, Wallfisch
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 001991802 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Wallfisch
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Benjamin Wallfisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No 3; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 2 / Wang, Dudamel, Simon Bolivar SO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001910202 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
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  • 5.
    The Magic Mountain - Verbier Festival 20th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079078 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Martin Helmchen,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Gábor Takács-Nagy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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  • 6.
    Fantasia / Yuja Wang
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001660602 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
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  • 7.
    Mahler: Symphonies 1 - 7 / Abbado, Lucerne Festival Orchestra [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058574 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yuja Wang,  Anna Larsson,  Eteri Gvazava,  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra,  Tölz Boys Choir  ... 
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    Rachmaninov / Yuja Wang, Claudio Abbado, Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001533802 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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  • 9.
    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony no 1, Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no 3 / Abbado, Wang [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057964 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Mendelssohn In Verbier / Yuja Wang
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079248 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Maxim Rysanov,  Kirill Troussov,  Yuja Wang,  David Aaron Carpenter  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Lucerne Festival 2009
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057968 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Transformation / Yuja Wang
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001410802 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johannes Brahms,  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
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  • 14.
    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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    Verbier Festival Highlights 2008
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078178 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Maurice Ravel,  Ernö von Dohnányi  ... 
    Performer:  Antoine Tamestit,  Menahem Pressler,  Salvatore Accardo,  Gautier Capuçon  ... 
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Quatuor Ebčne,  UBS Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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    Sonatas & Etudes / Yuja Wang
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001253402 Release Date: 04/07/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  György Ligeti
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
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