LSO Conductor Laureate will join us in 2021 for two performances with superstar pianist Yuja Wang.
It is a rare joy to witness the magic of a conductor/soloist duo whose history of performing together lends itself to intuitive performances that allow the soloist utmost freedom to relax and sink into their performance, completely at ease. Such is the case with LSO Conductor Laureate Michael Tilson-Thomas and acclaimed pianist Yuja Wang.
Tilson-Thomas’ a-ha moment with the sensational Chinese pianist was on their very first meeting, when Wang arrived to their first rehearsal without the usual entourage of a 17 year old prodigy. He saw a unique blend of musicality, sensitivity and assertiveness in her playing that he recognised as common ground. Over ten years and countless shared performances later, the pair have developed an important friendship. Wang attributes the time that her friend and mentor puts into preparation as a key to their musical success, sitting together to go through every musical phrase before joining the orchestra.
Tilson Thomas’ mentorship of the 33 year old is also a welcome continuation of a remarkable line of piano tutelage, going back to Liszt and Beethoven. Having experienced the life of a musical prodigy, he can also identify with Wang’s rise as a star performer, whose huge social media following brings the Grammy-nominated pianist and classical music to a new generation.
‘Her combination of technical ease, colouristic range and sheer power has always been remarkable … but these days there is an ever-greater depth to her musicianship, drawing you into the world of each composer with compelling immediacy.’ Financial Times