PIANIST YUJA WANG OFFERS SIX-CONCERT PERSPECTIVES SERIES AT CARNEGIE HALL IN 2018–2019 SEASON
Ms. Wang’s Series Kicks Off in October and Includes Collaborative Performances With Percussionist Martin Grubinger, Violinist Leonidas Kavakos, Comedy Duo Igudesman & Joo, and Cellist Gautier Capuçon
Series Concludes in May with Two Performances with the New World Symphony Conducted by Fellow Perspectives Artist and Longtime Friend Michael Tilson Thomas
(New York, NY) An artist with breathtaking talent and charismatic stage presence, Grammy Award–nominated pianist Yuja Wang curates a six-concert Perspectives series during Carnegie Hall’s 2018–2019 season, demonstrating the singular blend of technical prowess, keen musical insight, and quicksilver versatility that has established her as one of the world’s finest performers. Ms. Wang’s series offers creative collaborations, reunions with recital partners and artists who have influenced her career, and a night of classical music comedy—all displaying the pianist’s eclectic interests and versatility.
When asked about the curation of this Perspectives series, Ms. Wang said “When [Carnegie Hall] called me about this I was in New York, and then the idea of doing whatever I want for a whole year in my hometown, especially in Carnegie, just totally excited me. I didn't want to do anything that I always do, like a recital, or a concerto, or an orchestra. So I decided to perform with the friends and mentors that meant a lot in my life that has been the source of my inspiration, the source of encouragement, those who have motivated me to do what I do now … I'm thrilled to have all the people that are close to my heart to participate in this series in my home city.”
Ms. Wang kicks off her Perspectives series on Friday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, performing with a quartet of percussionists headlined by Austrian star Martin Grubinger for a program to include the New York premieres of arrangements of Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion and Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps by Mr. Grubinger’s father, Martin Grubinger Sr. (who is also performing on the program, alongside Alexander Georgiev and Leonhard Schmidinger). Also on the program is John Psathas’s One Study and Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 (arr. Leticia Gómez-Tagle).
She returns to Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage on Wednesday, February 6, at 8:00 p.m. reuniting with violinist and frequent recital partner Leonidas Kavakos following widespread acclaim for the duo’s exceptional musical chemistry. Ms. Wang plays Zankel Hall the following week on Monday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. for a night of lighthearted musical comedy with virtuoso instrumentalists and jokesters Igudesman & Joo.
On Wednesday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Ms. Wang joins another esteemed colleague, cellist Gautier Capuçon, for a duo recital featuring Franck’s Violin Sonata in A Major (transc. for cello) and Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19.
Yuja Wang’s Perspectives series concludes in May with two concerts with fellow Perspectives artist and mentor Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. On Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. she plays Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Maestro Tilson Thomas leading the orchestra on a program that also includes the New York premiere of a new work by Julia Wolfe as well as Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. The following evening, Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m., Ms. Wang plays the New York premiere of a work by Michael Tilson Thomas for solo piano. Also on the program is the New York premiere of Tilson Thomas’s Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind written for and featuring soprano Measha Brueggergosman as well as Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, "Death and the Maiden" (arr. for string orchestra by Mahler).