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Classical 101

Yuja Wang at Denison

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THREE AUDIO PIECES - interviews   [caption id="attachment_3691" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Yuja Wang's new recording"][/caption] Pianist Yuja Wang was born in Beijing in 1987.  She came to North America when she was fourteen, first to Canada, then settling near Philadelphia to study with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute. In just a few years, Yuja - as she prefers to be called - has moved from student to a hovering pattern at the top of her profession. She's a special favorite of Lorraine Wales, Director of the prestigious Vail Series at Denison University.  If anyone knows talent, Lorraine does. Yuja made a big splash a few years ago when she went on as a last minute replacement for Martha Argerich with the Boston Symphony. Now, she has a new recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, and her first release, Yuja Wang: Sonatas and Etudes, with music by Chopin, Scriabin, Liszt and Ligeti is getting critical hosannas. There as a nice blurb in yesterday's New York Times. I spoke to Yuja after a recital she gave at Denison in 2007: [audio:yuja-interview] Here's Yuja's performance of Horowitz's arrangement of themes from Carmen,  from the Denison recital. [audio:yuja-carmen] And from her new CD release on Deutsche Grammophon,  this is Gyorgy Ligeti's  Etude 10: Sorcerer's Apprentice. [audio:ligeti-soircerer] Yuja Wang. Or just Yuja.  Name(s) to remember! --Christopher Purdy