Solo Recital by Yuja Wang

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Born in Beijing, Yuja Wang started playing the piano at the age of six. After first completing her studies at her hometown conservatory, she later, like so many other extraordinary talents, found doors opening for her everywhere. One was the chance to continue her training at the famous Curtis Institute in Philadelphia from the age of 15, as a student of the legendary Gary Graffman. While Graffman's name speaks quite a lot for itself, the fact that his own teachers included Rudolf Serkin and Vladimir Horowitz make it clear what traditions were being passed on to her. In the decades since, the pianist has conquered the world, becoming at the same time a true citizen of it, performing in the greatest concert halls and at the most famous festivals, alongside conductors like Abbado, Maazel, Mehta and Dudamel. Zoltán Kocsis also invited her to Budapest several times as a soloist, a relationship that resulted in Bartók's piano concertos being added to Wang's repertoire. She has spoken of the Hungarian pianist-conductor, who died in 2016, with the greatest respect, stating, "Kocsis is a genius.” On her records, she performs works by the Classicists, Romantics and 20th-century masters, from Schubert, Brahms and Mendelssohn to Ravel, Scriabin and Prokofiev, with singular perfection. Her openness and stylistic adaptability are seemingly boundless. This is something we will also experience at her solo recital in Budapest, where she will convey the thoughts of three radically different composers: Scarlatti, Beethoven and Shostakovich.

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Palace of Arts Müpa Budapest

When Müpa Budapest, Hungary and its capital's new cultural hub, opened in 2005, it was built to represent more than 100 years of Hungarian cultural history. As a conglomeration of cultural venues, the building has no precedent in 20th century Hungarian architecture and has no peers in the whole of Central Europe.


The creators of this ambitious project, the Trigránit Development Corporation, prime contractor Arcadom Construction and the Zoboki, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office, were driven by the desire to create a new European cultural citadel as part of the new Millennium City Centre complex along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danube waterfront. The result is a facility whose construction quality, appearance, functionality and 21st century technological infrastructure makes it ideally suited to productions of the highest standard. The building is also highly versatile and equipped to host performances of any genre and almost any scale.

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