Yuja’s short list (not pants)

The Royal Philharmonic Society have shortlisted her for soloist of the year, together with Lawrence Power (viola) and Sean Shibe (guitar).

Tough choice.

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  • I think the choice is clear. Yuja is one of the finest musicians of her generation (no disrespect meant to the others, with whom I am unfamiliar).
    Yuja also happens to be a strikingly beautiful woman, but I am becoming fed up to the back teeth with these leering and, frankly, creepy headlines about her appearance and her clothing.
    Anyone else out there with me?

    • Choices may not always be so clear in the case where different instruments are concerned, as in the BBC Young Musician competitions; how can one “compare” the effect of, say, a flute against a trombone against a guitar against a piano, etc… They’re doubtless all excellent. Here, i don’t know the guitarist, Lawrence Power is one of the best ever, but possibly at a disadvantage as viola “soloist” against the brilliant effect of Yuja at her finest.

      As for her appearance: i’ve greatly enjoyed most of her performances- (heard many, live), but try not to pay any attention to her dress sense as i’m allergic to hi-heels and makeup! Her natural beauty would be preferable (as when she started her career), but certainly she knows she provokes the wrath of the prudes and enjoys teasing their helpless raging and squirming!

    • It never ceases to amuse me that the very same group of “aficionados” who deplore the “appearance over substance” phenomenon of the music business would bash Wang and hype both musically and technically inferior Russian pianists such as T., L., and S., because they wear proper suits.

      • Mostly I am in agreement with you, except for the word “inferior”, which I consider somewhat inappropriate when speaking about T and S, even when compared to the brilliant YW, if they are the T and S that I suspect you are referring to.

  • I am just in love with her. I can’t help it. I tried to make my feelings go away, but they just get stronger and stronger. I feel guilty but I can’t stop.

  • It seems Norman and many commentators here are stuck in their adolescence.

    The rest of us who have grown up can admire Yuja Wang for her amazing musicianship.

  • Soloist of the year?! Why? Totally love and respect Yuja but she’s done nothing for the world since the lockdowns began. There are lots of musicians who were so generous with their time, ideas and support through online coaching, demonstrations and conversations, all these great live-streams that made our lockdown! cannot remember Yuja sharing with the world on that level this year!

  • I would classify Yuja in same league as Arcadi Volodos or Lang Lang, a circus monkey with a few brilliant tricks up their sleeve. I also wouldn’t call her ‘beautiful’. Cute and a bit goofy, but not beautiful.

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