Sunday, April 14, 2013

Yuja Wang: Chopin's Opus 64; No. 2

Classical Music

Yuja Wang In A Blue Dress: "Being a classical musician is almost like being a pop star in China,
and it’s more about power and fame and money. That’s why so many kids are playing. It’s like
sports in America. It’s for being more famous, and I don’t really like that. I like Europe more, as
people are genuine and it’s part of their culture and they love it for the music, 
for the sake of music,
not for being famous,” Yuja
said in a New York Times review by Vivien Schweitzer.
Photo Credit: Fadi Berisha/Rolex; SourceYuja Wang

Yuja Wang performs Fréderic Chopin's Waltz, C-sharp minor, opus 64, No. 2 here; Chopin completed the work in 1847, dedicating it to Baroness Nathaniel de Rothschild.

Yuja Wang (born in 1987) is one of a number of classical pianists to emanate from China, and then trained in the west. On her website, there is a brief profile on Yuja:
Yuja 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 Yuja the Classic FM Gramophone Awards 2009 Young Artist of the Year. For her second recording, Transformation, Yuja received an Echo Award 2011 as “Young Artist of the Year”. Yuja next collaborated with Maestro Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra to record her first concerto album featuring Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and his Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor which was nominated for a Grammy® as “Best Classical Instrumental Solo.” Her most recent record, Fantasia, is a collection of encore pieces by Albéniz, Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns, Scriabin and 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. 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 You Tube Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Tilson Thomas at Carnegie Hall. She performed with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado in Beijing, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Spain and in London, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.