Q&A with piano sensation Yuja Wang
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.