were very honoured to have the opportunity to collaborate with Li DeLun
Music Foundation to co-host this special masterclass event on Friday October
19, 2007 featuring
Born in Beijing in 1987, Yuja was drawn to piano
at the age of six when she began studying music in China. She eventually
enrolled at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, studying with
Professors Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren. Her earliest public performances took
place in China, Australia and Germany. Yuja was a prizewinner in many
competitions within China, as well as in Spain and Germany. In 2001, she won the
first prize in the Junior Group of the Seiler International Piano Competition.
She also won the third prize and was the recipient of the Special Jury Award at
the First Japan Sendai International Music Competition.
With her gifted talent and exquisite blend of energetic imagination of youth and mature sensitivity, Yuja has
already established herself as one of the rising stars on the international
scene. Her astonishing ability to memorize more than 20 piano concertos makes
Yuja the most recognized name of her generation.
At age 20,
Yuja has already established herself as one of the most acclaimed artists of
- In May 1999, she performed in Paris
along with the winners of "Mido" Concours De Tiano Sino-Francais. In July
of that same year, as a student and winner of the concerto competition of
the Morningside Music Bridge program at Mount Royal College in Calgary,
she performed Chopin's First Piano Concerto with the Vancouver Symphony
- In 2003, Yuja made her debut with the
Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, Switzerland, performing Beethoven’s Fourth
Piano Concerto, with David Zinman conducting.
- In early 2005, Yuja began her first
performances with major North American orchestras. In February, her career
made a major leap forward when the National Arts Centre Orchestra asked
her to replace Radu Lupu at the last moment, and perform Beethoven's
Fourth Concerto, with Pinchas Zukerman conducting. Yuja was immediately
re-engaged to perform Chopin’s First Concerto in June, and has been
invited back for each ensuing season.
- In the 2005-06 season, Yuja performed
with the Baltimore, Grand Rapids and New Jersey Symphony Orchestras, and
made her debut at both Philadelphia's Kimmel Center and the new Strathmore
Concert Hall. She performed Rachmaninoff's “Rhapsody on a Theme of
Paganini?with the China Philharmonic and conductor Long Yu. That same
season, she joined conductor Michael Stern at the IRIS Chamber Orchestra
and Kansas City Symphony, as well as the Nagoya Philharmonic in Japan.
- In the 2006-07 season, Yuja's career
entered a new phase as she made her debut with the New York Philharmonic,
the Houston, San Francisco and Chicago Symphonies, and the NHK Symphony
Orchestra in Japan.
- In July 2006, Yuja first performed with
the New York Philharmonic at the Vail Festival, and then again joined the
orchestra in Tokyo with Lorin Maazel conducting, performing the First
Concerto of Liszt. In September, she performed Ravel's G Major Concerto
with the San Francisco Symphony, with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting.
She made her first recital tour in Germany in October 2006.
- In January 2007, Yuja toured to Leeds,
U.K. and the Netherlands with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Maestro
Yuri Temirkanov, performing Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. In
February and March, Yuja collaborated further with Charles Dutoit at both
the Chicago and NHK Symphonies, where she made her debuts performing
Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto.
- In April 2007, Yuja returned to San
Francisco to perform Beethoven's Second Concerto, with Charles Dutoit
conducting. In May, she performed with the China Philharmonic and the
Guangzhou Symphony in Beijing and Guangzhou, with Shinik Hahm conducting.
- On October 20, 2007, Yuja made her
Toronto debut performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with the
National Arts Centre Orchestra conducted by Pinchas Zukerman at Roy