A recording of this performance was released in December 2013 on Deutsche Grammophon.
Although there are reports Wang released a debut CD in 1995, Wang has received attention as much for her eye-catching outfits and glamorous stage presence as for her piano playing.
Wang played this Chopinesque music, all rippling left-hand figures and dreamy melodic lines, with a delicacy, poetic grace and attention to inner musical details that commanded respect.
After intermission she offered a rhapsodic, uncommonly nuanced account of the formidable Liszt Sonata in B minor.
Her performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee" is featured on the Verbier Festival highlights DVD from 2008.
Wang's "Bumblebee" video has been viewed more than 4.5 million times on You Tube.
At 11, Wang entered the Morningside Music Bridge International Music Festival (at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta) as the festival's youngest student.
At age 15, Wang entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied for five years with Gary Graffman and graduated in 2008.
An actress does that.” At age 7, she began seven years' study at Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music.
In June 2012, Joshua Kosman of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that Wang is "quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today, and there's nothing left to do but sit back, listen and marvel at her artistry." From a May 2013 Carnegie Hall concert, The New York Times reported that Wang's "fortissimos were fearsome, but so, in a quieter way, were the longing melodic lines of the first movement of Rachmaninoff's Sonata No. 6 she juxtaposed colors granitic and gauzy to eerily brilliant effect before closing the written program with a rabid rendition of the one-piano version of "La valse", accentuating the sickliness of Ravel's distorted waltzes. Wang's virtuosity goes well beyond uncanny facility.
2." The reviewer added: The liquidity of her phrasing in the second movement of Scriabin's Sonata No. Right through this Beethoven performance she wondrously brought out intricate details, inner voices and harmonic colorings. The scherzo skipped along with mischievousness and rhythmic bite.
In a much-quoted 2011 review of a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Times classical music critic Mark Swed wrote: But it was Yuja Wang's orange dress for which Tuesday night is likely to be remembered ...
Her dress Tuesday was so short and tight that had there been any less of it, the Bowl might have been forced to restrict admission to any music lover under 18 not accompanied by an adult.