Not to be hemmed in

The fellow from the Telegraph was interviewing pianist Yuja Wang, in London for a concert series, and he brought up a distinctly nonmusical subject:

It seems as good a moment as any to raise her fondness for riskily short, clingy dresses, which have generated even more comment than her fabulous playing.

[A] certain determination, not to say stubbornness … shows in the exasperated shrug that greets my question. “It’s just natural for me. I am 26 years old so I dress for 26. I can dress in long skirts when I am 40.”

I’m betting she won’t. In the meantime, here she is in a Little Black(ish) Dress:

Yuja Wang in LBD

“Little” is evidently played sforzando.



  1. Sean Gleeson »

    14 February 2014 · 2:16 pm

    A well formed legato too.

  2. SnoopyTheGoon »

    15 February 2014 · 3:45 am

    Yes. A definite yes.

  3. Tatyana »

    15 February 2014 · 6:52 am

    Attitude, seemingly popular among Asian female overachievers – they do not rely on their craft for getting ahead and hedge their bets with traditional below-the-waist appeal. And it’s not born by childhood insecurity, like it happens sometimes with white girls. No, it’s conscious, cold career calculation.

  4. Jack Baruth »

    16 February 2014 · 5:39 pm

    Torn as to whether to buy her Rach 3. Amazon has an overabundance of five star reviews but they come off as less credible than the one-star ones.

  5. CGHill »

    16 February 2014 · 6:06 pm

    I have the two albums before: the Sonatas and Etudes set, and Transformation. I’d give them both four, maybe: she is good, sometimes very good, but maybe a hair short of great.

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