Yuja Wang became an overnight sensation when piano legend Martha Argerich cancelled a performance with the Boston symphony and Yuja stepped in and was so electrifying she brilliantly saved the evening. The next step on the road to stardom is of course to be in the position to cancel, rather than waiting in the wings. Congratulations to Yuja then, who had to withdraw from her April SF Performances recital for physical reasons.
Luckily for us, it was only a short delay, and she's coming back in full force, for the re-scheduled recital this Sunday at Herbst theater, and for a series with the San Francisco symphony, under MTT, starting tomorrow. She'll be celebrating in her recital Schumann's birthday and her love of Prokofiev, and playing a program with the symphony that includes Ravel's Concerto for the left hand, Stravinksy's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra and a sonata for piano four hands from Francis Poulenc, with MTT himself providing the second pair of hands.
Yuja is all of twenty three and it's always a pleasure to chat with her: she's spontaneous, straightforward in her answers, cheerful and refreshingly unjaded, with only the lightest whiff of an accent to betray her Chinese origin.