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Yuja Wang is a Chinese classical pianist born in Beijing, China on February 10, 1987. She started music at a young age 6 years old as her family is interested in art. Her mother (Zhai Jieming) and father (Wang Jianguo) are dancers and percussionists respectively. She committed to seven years of training at Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music when she was seven years old. She also went to the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival at eleven years old, being the youngest student there.
At the age of 15 taught by Gary Graffman, the musician enrolled in the Philadelphia school, Curtis Institute of Music for 5 years. Wang's skill pleased Graffman during her audition, but "it was the intelligence and good taste" of her interpretations that set her apart, according to Graffman. Wang’s career gave her recognition like becoming Musical America Artist of the Year in 2017 and a net worth of twenty million dollars.
Yuja Wang is a beautiful, fashionable and talented artist that has indeed worked noticeably hard. “She didn’t play like a prodigy. She played like a finished artist” said Graffman about Yuja Wang. Gary Graffman was a great teacher who taught Yuja Wang and also Lang Lang (a pianist too). He has helped Yuja become a better classical pianist, but also become more connected to music in all ways and forms in human life. “I want to relate all life to music,” she recently told the Observer.
Her hard work and passion for music were shown in her numerous achievements. She won 3rd prize in the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany. Wang also won third prize in 2001 when she was in the piano section at the first Sendai International Music Competition where she also won five hundred thousand Japanese yen. (Sendai, Japan) She also won the concerto contest at the Aspen Music Festival (in the U.S) in 2002. After 2007, her career starts taking off. In 2009, she signed her label with Deutsche Grammophon. In 2009, Grammophon named her “Young Artist of the Year”.