How Yuja Wang practises

Without pedals, apparently.

 

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

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

  • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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

    • “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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

    • 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.

    • 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…

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

  • 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 !

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