Sicklist: Yuja lets Mirga down

The pianist Yuja Wang has pulled out of a City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra tour of Germany with its music director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

She will be replaced in Frankfurt and Dortmund by the lesser-known Kit Armstrong.

UPDATE: She is still scheduled to join the tour in Cologne, Amsterdam, Paris, Luxembourg and Switzerland



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  • Even if it’s Yuja, I generally prefer hearing a touring orchestra without a soloist; paid the money because I want to hear what the orchestra has to offer. Of course I realize that presenters generally want a soloist to help sell tickets.

  • At the moment she is not out of the tour completely. According to her website she is still expected to perform from May 19 (Cologne) on with the CBO. I wish her a speedy recovery!

  • My guesses: hand/arm injury, insufficient recovery time from a viral infection, or straight burnout. You can only push a human body so far.

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