Friday, August 9, 2013 • 8 p.m.
|GERSHWIN||Concerto in F|
|BARTOK||Concerto for Orchestra|
Yuja Wang, piano
Twenty-five year old Chinese 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. Regularly lauded for her controlled, prodigious technique, Yuja 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.
Born in Beijing in 1987, Yuja began studying piano at age six, with her earliest public performances taking place in China, Australia and Germany, and went on to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren. From 1999 to 2001 she participated in the Morningside Music summer program at Calgary's Mount Royal College, an artistic and cultural exchange program between Canada and China, and began studying with Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone at the Mount Royal College Conservatory. In 2002, when Yuja was 15, she won Aspen Music Festival's concerto competition. She then moved to the U.S. to study with Gary Graffman at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she graduated in 2008. In 2006 Yuja received the Gilmore Young Artist Award. In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
The Britt Orchestra will back Wang as she performs Gershwin's Concerto in F.
For more information on Yuja Wang, visit http://www.yujawang.com.
The Magic Flutes will be performing on the Pre-Concert Lecture Deck from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., prior to the pre-concert lecture.
Please join Geoffrey Riley, Jefferson Exchange Host at Jefferson Public Radio, in the lower Britt gardens at 7 p.m. for a Q & A with Teddy Abrams.