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Yuja Wang coming into her own

A year and a half ago I was effusive after seeing 21 year old Yuja Wang in her debut recital in Ann Arbor.  This year, she has been getting glowing to ectstatic reviews from around the world during her major tour.  This one is from the SF Gate, after her Wed 20 May 2009 concert at Symphony Hall:

“In the short term, the applause that filled Davies Symphony Hall at the end of the San Francisco Symphony’s concert Wednesday night – tumultuous, exuberant, seemingly endless – was meant for the extraordinary young pianist Yuja Wang, who had just played the stuffing out of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto. But the response had actually been building throughout one of the most exciting programs of the season….

It wasn’t just the presence of Wang, whose combination of steely technical prowess and lyrical imagination continues to astonish….Wang’s fearless romp through the Prokofiev Second – the most dazzling and downright finger-busting of the composer’s five piano concertos – would have been a headline event in its own right. The stunning thing about this 22-year-old virtuoso is not merely the ferocious precision she brings to even the most technically daunting material, but the ease with which she makes it sing, soar and pirouette.”

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