Yuja Wang - permanent guest conductor

Pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. She has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and graceful, charismatic stage presence. Yuja has already performed with many of the world’s prestigious orchestras. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Daniel Barenboim, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti, Manfred Honeck, Pietari Inkinen, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson-Thomas, and Pinchas Zukerman. Yuja has also given recitals in major cities throughout Asia, Europe and North America, makes regular appearances at summer festivals, including Lucerne and Verbier. Yuja is an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon. Her debut album, Sonatas & Etudes, was released in 2009. This was followed by a second album, Transformation, for which she received an Echo Klassik award. Recently she collaborated with Maestro Abbado to record her first concerto album, featuring Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and his Piano Concerto No. 2. Yuja began playing piano at age six. She studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 2006 Yuja received the Gilmore Young Artist Award, followed by the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2010.