Yuja Wang performs Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Mariss Jansons. Yuja Wang shares the soloistic honours with Omar Tomasoni, principal trumpet player of the orchestra.
Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is called in full Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra. Every single part of this concerto gives clear proof of the young composer’s carefree and almost overconfident attitude, from the trumpet’s commentary on the rapid virtuoso passages, the quotations, parodies and musical jokes to musical slapstick: Dmitri Shostakovich was 27 years of age, when he composed his witty First Piano Concerto. Yuja Wang shares the soloistic honours with Omar Tomasoni, principal trumpet player of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Yuja Wang made her first solo appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2010, performing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto under Daniele Gatti. The Chinese pianist studied in Beijing, Calgary (Canada) and Philadelphia. Yuja Wang had her great breakthrough in 2007 when she stood in for Martha Argerich, who had to cancel a series of performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit.