How Yuja Wang practises

How Yuja Wang practises


norman lebrecht

June 28, 2019

Without pedals, apparently.


A law unto herself, this is her publicity pic for the summer festivals.


  • Karl says:

    Thank you. I never get tired of Yuja pics. More please!

    • Petros Linardos says:

      You are at a good place for your interest. For Yuja Wang’s pianism you have to have to look elsewhere.

  • Esther Cavett says:

    Can’t somebody in YW’s circle have a word with her to stop circulating photos like this. She’s not some wannabe – she has a real, important career and doesn’t need to resort to any of these tricks, with the teenage dress sense. It’s getting silly now.

    • Jack says:

      Oh Esther . . . In the end, does it really make any difference? She’s young, seems to have a sense of humor and light side, and is really enjoying her life.

    • Bob Boles says:

      Yes, we need more YW pics dressed as a frumpy schoolma’am, with high stiff collars, in different shades of brown and beige nylon fabrics.

    • Mike says:

      slut shaming: the action or fact of stigmatizing a woman for engaging in behavior judged to be promiscuous or sexually provocative.

    • M McAlpine says:

      Just develop a sense of humour!

    • Alan says:

      Or, you know, maybe she’d like to have a little fun in her life. And not be serious all the time, like REAL music fans. I really do despair at some of the comments on this site

    • Brettermeier says:

      “Can’t somebody in YW’s circle have a word with her to stop circulating photos like this. She’s not some wannabe – she has a real, important career and doesn’t need to resort to any of these tricks, with the teenage dress sense. It’s getting silly now.”

      If you, dear Esther, do what you want, isn’t it a tad hypocritical to criticize other for doing what they want (as long it’s not against the law)?

      And if you don’t do, what you want, well, that was your decision then, was it not?

    • PeterSD says:

      Of course, it must also have been silly for Mozart to show off his ability to play the piano with his arms back over his head… from which position the pedals were equally inaccessible. Playfulness is not incompatible with genius.

    • Ionut says:

      Exactly because she is not a wannabe, she can dress however she wants and pose however she wants. She does not need to win conservative people over. When you don’t try to impress anyone, you can be yourself, however yourslef is.

      • GALLION says:

        You’re right she gives many pleasure to many people because she’s talented and she’s herself !

    • Robert Groen says:

      Esther, why this Pavlovian outrage every time you see a picture of YW in anything other than a calf-length skirt and a blouse buttoned up to her chin? Leave her alone, the ‘important’ career you seem to worry about is hers, not yours. Just listen to her and enjoy the art of one of today’s finest pianists.

    • norm says:

      yuja wang a wannabe? she’s yuja wang…

    • Ashlyn Ray says:

      stop trying to control people. live your own life

  • Ed says:

    She has a perfect legato.

  • MSC says:

    She’s been watching old footage of Keith Emerson, no doubt.

  • christopher storey says:

    Perhaps she has an upcoming tour of the Antipodes

  • Augustine says:

    …there was a lot of light-hearted musical comedy that people of all ages could appreciate, and Yuja Wang, to her immense credit in her position as one of classical music’s superstars, proved herself to be a very good sport to go along with it all…

  • Huja Wang says:

    She really has a leg up over other piano soloists.

  • Joe says:

    Glad to see someone of any age having fun.
    The fact that she can back it up with talent
    makes it even better.
    Plenty of other stodgy and Somber talented musicians out there to balance it out.

  • David A. Boxwell says:

    Yuja is playing the “Concerto for Right Leg Only.” I forgot the composer’s name.

  • M2N2K says:

    Quite a few people should be learning from her how not to take themselves too seriously.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Exhibitionism 101.

  • Nick says:

    As a matter of fact, she is right! Put most of your body weight on arms and fingers (make them stronger), stand on the right foot – thus, no right pedal = clarity and transparency!! Bravo Yuja! No wonder she sounds always so light and transparent. Even 20 minutes a day of such exercise will keep her in shape for years to come!

  • Kurwenal says:

    In addition to Graffman, one of her major teachers was Little Richard.

  • Charles Timbrell says:

    This photo supports the belief that weight-touch is the best one, going deep into the keys!

  • Martain Smith says:

    Surely anyone believing in such idiotic gags can’t really undertsand – and therefore interpret – Bach, Mozart..etc….

    • Fan says:

      Surely anyone believing Bach and Mozart spent 24 hours a day trying to look like their own portraits with long faces has never understood their music.

    • Robert Groen says:

      That’s where you’re wrong, Martain! I think she may ‘understand’ Bach, Mozart..etc…better than you do. Almost certainly she’ll play them better than you ever could…

    • norm says:

      yah, but we can’t really undertsand you, either…

  • Chuck says:

    I like her.

  • Sara says:

    Yoga Wang ^ ^ Actually the English pronounciation of her name sounds very much like “the king of yoga” in Chinese.

  • Shalamar138 says:

    This I think is Yuja Wang relaxing in her own space and her own skin. Why can’t she enjoy her life because this is what makes her unique. Does she really have to conform to what everyone thinks what she should just to please them. Yuja Wang has a beautiful gift but she should not be stereotyped she should be allowed to be free. Leave her alone and let continue to blossom into the beautiful flower that she is !