Yuja Wang played a stunning Prokofiev Concerto No.3 with the New York Philharmonic on Thursday. Her technique was impeccable, with fingers running and jumping up and down the keyboard while making every note crystal clear. But what stands out even more is her music taste, which is quite clear in the slow passages. She played the concerto brilliantly yet so matter-of-factly like it’s the easiest thing in the world. She didn’t play to the audience but had the audience in her palm completely.
She didn’t play an encore on Thursday. Maybe she was saving it for Monday, when she and Maestro Jaap van Zweden will meet the audience at the David Rubenstein Atrium (Broadway and West 62nd Street). They will be interviewed by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon.