After her smashing success with Bartok's Concerto No. 2 last season together with Sir Antonio Pappano, 25-year-old Beijing pianist Yuja Wang returns to perform a solo recital. Already a shining star in the glowing firmament of classical musicians born in the Far East, Ms. Wang has been playing the piano since she was six. At 14, she moved to North America and the tutelage of Gary Graffman, who in a mere five years transformed her into a true concert artist.
After she won several important international awards, her career really took off. Canada, Philadelphia, Japan, and finally consecration in 2007 in Boston, where she replaced Martha Argerich for a triumphant concert conducted by Charles Dutoit. From that moment on, thanks to her impressive virtuosity, she has racked up triumphs all over the world, and has signed an exclusive recording contract with the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label.
The program she has selected for her Rome recital is a truly intense one: it ranges from the elegant Pour le Piano suite by Debussy to the mysterious one-movement Sonata No. 6 by Scriabin, the flamboyant La Valse by Ravel and the impassioned Sonata No. 2 by Rachmaninoff.