Yuja gets a timely gift

Yuja gets a timely gift


norman lebrecht

December 20, 2020

Just when we thought she’d gone totally off the radar, the pianist has a new time-keeping accessory to show off.

It’s a highlight of her Covid year, she says.



  • KH says:

    I hope Rolex gives her a lot of money, if only to irritate Norman.

    Also given her commercial recordings, good as they are, do not compare with some of her live broadcast recordings (or even audience bootlegs), terrible engineering from DG being the chief reason, if such sponsorship deals can make up for her lost income by not recording more commercially, then all the better.

  • Gary Graffman must be very proud to have TWO former students who are both being sponsored by Rolex!

  • IP says:

    She deserves it, but I wonder if she is sufficiently undressed for the occasion.

  • CYM says:

    Well, now that Yuja has a Rolex, what a timely news. We will be able to ‘watch’ her for many more years !!

    • William Safford says:

      I have to hand it to you. Some people may be ticked off by the sweep of your post, but I second what you say. It is a minute contribution to the discussion, but, hour by hour, we will watch as she continues to dial in her excellent performances. I bet she’s clocking the hours to wind up her energy for the time when the vaccine stems the pandemic. It certainly will put a spring in all of our steps!

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Wonderful pianist. Period.

  • Micaela Bonetti says:

    What else?

  • Scott says:

    What do you mean by off the radar? Deutsche Grammophon released her recording of John Adam’s Must Tge Dev Have All Tge Good Tunes? with Dudamel and the LA Phil….not exactly missing in action.

  • Tony Sanderson says:

    She is also teaming up with Katy Perry and Julie Andrews as one of the LA Phil’s icons of music. Not many classical musicians would be recognised in that way


  • yujafan says:

    Do they give her free watches? That’s pretty cool.

  • Pianists were not always that keen about receiving free watches, as we know from a letter of W. A. Mozart to his father (Mannheim, Nov. 13, 1777):

    “Now for some of our news here. I was desired to go yesterday with Cannabich to the Intendant, Count Savioli, to receive my present. It was just what I had anticipated—a handsome gold watch. Ten Carolins would have pleased me better just now, though the watch and chain, with its appendages, are valued at twenty Carolins. Money is what is most needed on a journey; and, by your leave, I have now five watches. Indeed, I have serious thoughts of having a second watch-pocket made, and, when I visit a grandee, to wear two watches, (which is indeed the fashion here,) that no one may ever again think of giving me another…”

  • Witold says:

    Ok. Katja – Cartier, Yuja – Rolex.
    Who is next? Igor Levit – Maserati?

  • William Safford says:

    I was once paid to model.

    I was a member of an orchestra that was hired to model for an advertising firm.

    As it happens, the product being featured was also a watch.

    The only professional model for the photo shoot was playing the role of the piano soloist. He was modeling the watch. None of the rest of us, from the conductor to the orchestra, were models outside of this experience.

    When it came time for the photo shoot, the model came out and sat at the piano, looking dapper in his black tie.

    The conductor called up the Hoedown from “Rodeo” by Copland. It has a prominent and relatively easy orchestral piano part.

    Son of a gun, the model played the piano! He played the part from memory. He was good. In fact, he did a better job than the actual pianist in a subsequent concert!

    I hope I still have that ad in a box somewhere.