Yuja wins China post

Yuja wins China post


norman lebrecht

November 17, 2015

The pianist Yuja Wang has just been announced  as Artist-in-Residence at China’s National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, her home town.

The first Chinese woman to achieve international eminence, she now becomes the first to win domestic recognition.
Go, Yuja.


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  • John Borstlap says:

    Good for her!

    She seems to suffer from chronic overheating, though.

    • John says:

      Yes. She would deserve far more respect if she could dress respectably. One has to ask why she feels the need to dress like [redacted: abuse]. Perhaps she feels the need to make up for something (her music)?

      • Harold Lewis says:

        An insufferably patronising sneer. Just how ‘respectably’ do you dress, sir?

      • Mark Henriksen says:

        So, you would prefer to see her perform in clothes that look less sexy? I would venture to say that for every person like you there are a million or so men who would disagree.

        • John says:

          That raises the obvious question: when should music fail to be about music? Miss Wang is clearly obsessed in forcing sex into it. A good musician should be able to rely on his own musicianship. The joy of music is, after all, why we are here.

          • Ellingtonia says:

            John, Can I introduce you to the 21st century where people have choices and are free to dress as they please. She is an attractive young woman and simply exercises her right to dress in a way that represents her interest in fashion and her personality. I would rather sit and look at this young lady than some of the “grey young (and old) men who shuffle onto stage and my immediate thought is “who dressed you this morning?”

          • John says:

            If I were to wear something that barely covers my crotch, I would be criticised, and quite rightly so. Miss Wang is free to dress [redacted: abuse], but I am free to criticise her for it.

            Incidentally, I do not think she is attractive at all: she has a rather masculine and unappealing face. Her figure is not bad, but nothing special. There are many more attractive woman pianists who choose to communicate as musicians.

          • Ellingtonia says:

            For someone who decries the sex apparel of this young lady you seem to have done a detailed appraisal of her physical attributes and how she presents herself whilst implying they are of no interest to you. Just what is the connection between middle aged men and misogyny?

          • John says:

            [Redacted]Simple and fair. If she wanted to be treated with respect, she should dress with respect.

          • Kicky says:

            John, why don’t you just shut up, lean back, close your eyes and listen to her play….

  • NoMeGu says:

    When I see people so so so young getting these positions (artist in residence, visiting professor, music director) I really worry because image and charisma, or more correctly projecting the right image (an image that is easily “saleable”), is more important now that music integrity and artistic maturity. Yuja is talented, that’s for sure, but would she be so well known if she was in her late sixties and not meeting the body image requirements of the media? I don’t think so.

  • M2N2K says:

    She is a wonderful pianist. The way she dresses is much less important.