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Q&A with piano sensation Yuja Wang

We asked you to send us your questions for pianist Yuja Wang. Her answers are below. Yuja is performing at Hill Auditorium on Sunday, October 9.

Q: You’re often described as a young piano prodigy. How do you think your youth affects your performance?

If there is any effect, I think it’s unconscious or subconscious, but the pieces I learned when I was say, before 16, I would never forget, they just stick with you your whole life.

Q: Can you talk a little about how you put together your programs? What’s your dream program?

Programming is an art and I get inspired by the menus in Japanese restaurants. Variety and unity are key for me now.

Q: What composer or work do you find most challenging to play? Do you view that as a good thing?

I only play the works in public when I think I can handle it. Playing, perceiving, understanding, internalizing a work sometimes requires a lifetime, it changes when our point of view of life changes, it’s something that stays with your life, something that counts in the end.

Q: What’s one piece of advice that you could pass on to other young aspiring musicians?

Go with the flow, be creative, transcend to something more cosmic.