Yuja Wang: "More into the poetic stuff"
October 20, 2011
Image by Kirk Edwards
Barbara Jepson of the Wall Street Journal interviewed Gilmore Young Artist Yuja Wang prior to her Carnegie Hall debut: “Ever since pianist Yuja Wang came to international attention, her handlers have rightfully endeavored to show that she’s a serious young artist with more to her formidable talent than jaw-dropping technique. But the antics of the spirited, 24-year-old virtuoso, who makes her Carnegie Hall recital debut on Thursday, keep getting in the way.
The thigh-baring orange dress Ms. Wang wore for an August performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl sparked bicoastal debate, pitting those who deemed Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed’s honest, if overheated, reaction “sexist” against those who thought the outfit showed poor professional judgment. Her cancellations during the past two years have raised hackles in some quarters. And the pianist hasn’t yet shed the “flying fingers” image generated by YouTube videos of her performing an arrangement of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” at warp speed…”