Yuja Wang, who hails from Beijing, is soon to become Artist-in-Residence at the city's National Center for the Performing Arts.
Taking on three Bartok concertos is a major feat for any classical pianist. But it's all the more remarkable when that pianist is still in her 20s. Yuja Wang, who hails from Beijing, is soon to become Artist-in-Residence at the city's National Center for the Performing Arts. And she will perform seven concerts for the coming season.
Yuja Wang is back home! The 28-year-old is widely recognized as one of the most important artists of her generation. At a press conference Tuesday, she expressed her joy at the performing opportunities ahead.
"I feel really proud, I feel really happy because Beijing is my home. I get to play seven concerts next year, throughout the whole year - five concertos, a chamber concert, and a recital. Very exciting, artistically and personally as well," Yuja Wang said.
Yuja Wang's talents as a classical pianist, supreme musicianship, and captivating stage presence have earned her concerts at symphony halls throughout Asia, Europe, and North America.
And at the NCPA, a challenging repertoire awaits.
"Lots of excitements I hope. There's three Bartok concertos, which has never been done before in China. I will play with the NCPA Orchestra - they are all my classmates (from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing) from China - and also the San Francisco Orchestra, which I played with many times. So it's a very friendly environment; we can be very creative and free," Yuja Wang said.
Yuja Wang was born into a musical family in Beijing in 1987. She began studying piano at the age of six, and made rapid progress after she became a student at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.
In 1999, she joined the Morningside Music summer program at Calgary's Mount Royal College in Canada, and went on to become the youngest-ever student at the Mount Royal College Conservatory.
By the age of 21, she was already an internationally recognized concert pianist, giving recitals around the world. She has gone on to play with many of the world's leading orchestras and at the most prestigious venues.
Meanwhile, she has recorded a series of landmark albums with Deutsche Grammophon, including her latest recording "Yuja Wang: Ravel", which was released in October.
Taking up residence at the NCPA is surely a sweet homecoming for this world-class pianist.