Chinese pianist Yuja Wang has issued an emotional response, after being criticised for wearing sunglasses during a recital in Canada. It is difficult for me to share this with all of you, but given the circumstances, and harmful speculation and criticism being shared online and elsewhere, I feel it important that the following is made public. I was then released, giving me very little time to travel to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. I was left extremely shaken by this experience.
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What is one to think of the clothes the twenty-nine-year-old pianist Yuja Wang wears when she performs—extremely short and tight dresses that ride up as she plays, so that she has to tug at them when she has a free hand, or clinging backless gowns that give an impression of near-nakedness accompanied in all cases by four-inch-high stiletto heels? In , Mark Swed, the music critic of the L. Is the seeing part a distraction Glenn Gould thought it was or is it—can it be—a heightening of the musical experience? As she performed, the thigh, splayed by the weight of the torso and the action of the toe working the pedal, looked startlingly large, almost fat, though Yuja is a very slender woman. Her back was bare, thin straps crossing it. She had come to tame the beast of a piece, this half-naked woman in sadistic high heels. Take that, and that, Beethoven! Schiff speaks in the slow, self-savoring way in which many Eastern European men speak, to let you know how interesting and amusing everything they say is—except in his case it is. You can have lunch and dinner and breakfast, and we are still sitting here. It is not a piece in marble.
She was born in Beijing, began studying piano there at age six, and went on to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times , she said: "For me, playing music is about transporting to another way of life, another way of being. An actress does that. Wang comes from an artistic family. Her mother, Zhai Jieming, is a dancer and her father, Wang Jianguo, is a percussionist. Both live in Beijing.
Narcissism, androgyny, obsession with pop cultureвthe problems with Western women go on and on. How would that motivate you to work out every day to get a girl. This was the biggest one for me.