Yuja Wang


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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  • 1.
    The Asia Tour / Rattle, Cho, Wang, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog: 180221 Release Date: 05/25/2018   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Béla Bartók,  Johannes Brahms,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Yuja Wang,  Seong-Jin Cho
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Piano Masters
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002732802 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Daniil Trifonov,  Evgeny Kissin,  Krystian Zimerman,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Valery Gergiev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater Orchestra
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  • 3.
    The Complete Chopin: Deluxe Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002599300 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Jan Lisiecki,  Anatol Ugorski,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman,  Krzysztof Urbanski,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Festival Orchestra,  North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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  • 4.
    50 Classical Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002596702 Release Date: 12/02/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Bedrich Smetana,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  David Garrett,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Max Richter,  Daniel Hope  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustavo Dudamel,  Rafael Kubelik,  Herbert von Karajan,  André de Ridder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin  ... 
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  • 5.
    Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works / Bringuier, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002463002 Release Date: 04/15/2016   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Ray Chen,  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Lionel Bringuier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
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  • 6.
    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Paris Orchestra  ... 
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  • 7.
    Ravel: Piano Concertos; Faure: Ballade / Yuja Wang
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002393102 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Lionel Bringuier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
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  • 8.
    111 - The Piano - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002281002 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Géza Anda,  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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  • 9.
    Masterpieces in Miniature / 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 T. Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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    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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  • 11.
    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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  • 13.
    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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  • 14.
    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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    Rachmaninov / Yuja Wang, Claudio Abbado, Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001533802 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergey Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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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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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    Transformation / Yuja Wang
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001410802 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Johannes Brahms,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Yuja Wang
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  • 19.
    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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