New Year, old tune: Yuja dumps her agent, again

It’s hard to keep up with who’s managing Yuja Wang in any given week, but if you want to survey the long trail of broken agents, read this.

In her last whirligig in December 2018, Yuja rejoined her first manager Earl Blackburn, now operating a small boutique, called Kanzen.

As of today, she has vanished from the Kanzen roster.

Bye, Earl.

See you again, maybe.


For the avoidance of doubt, let it be stated that Yuja Wang is a much misunderstood person.

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  • A rare thing: a sensational show horse that is also an exceptional workhorse. Apologies for the metaphor, but perhaps this rare combination indeed causes misunderstanding.

  • Perhaps it’s time to start “Norman Lebrecht TV” via YouTube. In depth interviews with classical musicians and power people. Miss Wang could be one of your first guests after you’ve chase her around the airport.

  • To use another animal reference, this apparently was never exactly a case of “birds of a feather….” Yuja flies in a different stratosphere than everyone else on that roster.

  • What’s so misunderstood about Yuja? She has everything, she’s never had to struggle, and so she behaves accordingly – like a spoiled child.

      • Technique born of many thousands of hours of lonely practice. My mother learned piano from early childhood and was at boarding school; at the end of her life she said it upset her thinking back to that lonely existence, locked up in the music room practicing all the time. She achieved at a high level on the piano, but it did come at a personal cost.

  • Maybe for her everything is like her clothes. She goes thru phases of what she likes and can wear as she said, as long as she still has her body to show off her clothes. So all problems can be solved by a change of clothes, hairdo, and …agents.

  • What a funny expression Norman, “a much misunderstood person”.
    Is that a way of saying that you don’t understand her, while suggesting that no-one else does either ?
    Or are you saying that you understand her well enough to realise that others don’t ?

  • She disappeared from the Kanzen roster a few weeks back, but at least one other artist also did. There are no artists with names beginning A thru F listed on his roster. Chance, or omission? Meanwhile Blackburn/Kanzen remained on YW’s own website contact list until the other day. An obvious typo on the Kanzen main page makes me wonder if all is well with Earl Blackburn. One hopes he is not sick.

    Without wishing to invade anyone’s privacy, whatever the story may be, there’s not a hint of an explanation here so far.

  • As a World class musician said to me after reading a Yuja review, “I wish they would review the performance before reviewing her outfit.”

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