© Kirk Edwards
Yuja Wang is making her mark on the 2021 Summer Festival in Lucerne as “artiste étoile.” Born in Beijing in 1987, the pianist began her training at the age of six. She first studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in her native city and subsequently, at the age of 14, moved to Canada to study at the Mount Royal College in Calgary; a year later, she transferred to Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she received her concert diploma in 2008. Yuja Wang made her debut with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in 2003. This was followed by performances in the USA with the Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphonies; the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In Europe, Yuja Wang has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Royal Concertgebouworkest, Orchestre de Paris, Filarmonica della Scala, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In the early summer of 2021, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas, as well as Richard Strauss’s Burleske with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Andris Nelsons. She played Mozart’s D minor Concerto with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Mariss Jansons Festival Orchestra at the Riga Jurmala Music Festival in July and subsequently on tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under Gustavo Gimeno. Yuja Wang enjoys a long-standing collaboration with violinist Leonidas Kavakos; the pair have recorded the Brahms sonatas on CD. Most recently, in the spring of 2020, she released her account of John Adams’s new piano concerto, Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, which she had premiered a year earlier with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. Musical America magazine named Yuja Wang its Artist of the Year in 2017.
Lucerne Festival debut in August 2009 performing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado.