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Soloist Yuja Wang Highlights 15/16 Lied Piano Series

One of the world’s top orchestras, the Russian National Orchestra returns to the Lied Center for Performing Arts joined by superstar pianist Yuja Wang on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Conducted by world renowned pianist, composer and GRAMMY Award-winner Mikhail Pletnev, Stravinsky’s opulent masterpiece “The Firebird” will highlight this all-Russian program which also includes selections by Dmitry Shostakovich and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Tickets are available now at LiedCenter.org, by phone at 402.472.4747 or at the Box Office on 12th and Q Streets. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

“After sold-out performances by the Cleveland Orchestra in 2014 and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2015, we are thrilled to continue the tradition of bringing the finest orchestras in the world to the Lied Center,” said Ann Chang, Artistic Director of the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

The Russian National Orchestra has been in demand throughout the music world ever since its 1990 Moscow premiere. Of the orchestra's 1996 debut at the BBC Proms in London, the Evening Standard wrote, "They played with such captivating beauty that the audience gave an involuntary sigh of pleasure." More recently, they were described as "a living symbol of the best in Russian art" (Miami Herald) and "as close to perfect as one could hope for" (Trinity Mirror).

The first Russian orchestra to perform at the Vatican and in Israel, the RNO maintains an active international tour schedule, appearing in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Guest artists performing with the RNO on tour include conductors Vladimir Jurowski, Nicola Luisotti, Antonio Pappano, Alan Gilbert, Carlo Ponti and Patrick Summers, and soloists Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Lang Lang, Pinchas Zukerman, Sir James Galway, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Steven Isserlis, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Simone Kermes and Renée Fleming, among many others. Yuja Wang, one of the most celebrated pianists in the world, joins RNO at the Lied Center on Feb. 27.

A pianist who radiates palpable magnetism and a distinctly contemporary sensibility, Yuja Wang is an astounding artist whose awe-inspiring technique is matched only by her eloquence as a musician. Since her breakthrough debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007 while still a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, she has established herself as an international sensation and a fixture among the world’s leading orchestras—including those of New York, London, Amsterdam and Berlin—regularly joining them on tours of the Americas, Europe and Asia. Championed early on by preeminent maestros including Gustavo Dudamel, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the late Claudio Abbado, she is one of today’s most sought after soloists, as well as a fiercely dedicated chamber musician, recitalist, and GRAMMY-nominated recording artist.

Born in Beijing in 1987, Wang began piano lessons at the age of six and went on to study with Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music. In 1999 she joined the Morningside Music summer program at Calgary’s Mount Royal College, and in 2001 she embarked on two years of study with Hung-Kuan Chen at Mount Royal College Conservatory. Following studies with John Perry at Aspen Music Festival and a win in the concerto competition, Wang became a student of Gary Graffman at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute, graduating in 2008.

An artist who has intrigued the public both with her artistry and with her sense of style, Wang has been the subject of television documentaries and graced the pages of magazines ranging from arts and culture to fashion, including Italian Vogue, French Elle and Chinese Marie Claire.

“The Lied Center has a storied tradition of presenting the finest and most sought after pianists in the world year after year,” said Ann Chang, Lied Center Artistic Director. “We are delighted to present Yuja Wang as part of our 15/16 Piano Series. The growth of the series has translated to remarkable growth of the Lied’s piano and classical music audiences. This is yet another performance not to be missed.”