"Pianists have to be alone all the time, and it's hard, it's lonely. Being a musician is almost like a very isolated life, and the only time you actually get to communicate is on stage with music. It's not a bad thing. I think being solitary, it really allows us to think about life and to think about why people write this music. [...] It makes you start to wonder about things that are beneath the surface."
With more than 120 performances a year, Yuja Wang lives a nomadic lifestyle. Travelling the world professionally, two extra small trolley suitcases carry the essentials for a two week trip: dresses, shoes, iPad, iPod and Smartphone. Yuja is 27 and leads a new generation of pianists who can play anything with comfort thanks to their phenomenal technique and strong self-confidence. For all that she stands squarely in the tradition of great piano virtuosi. With her shaded dynamic readings, she simply has more to offer than solely being a technical workhorse.
This film is a journey with this extraordinary pianist. Besides the packed schedule, unpredictability is her companion. The exploration of Yuja's wanderings revels in contradictions. It is a travelogue of exciting venues, glitzy cities and encounters with extraordinary artists, such as Gustavo Dudamel, Gauthier Capuçon and Leonidas Kavakos and personalities of other professional horizons but there is also a downside: fatigue, jet lag, pressure, doubts, hostilities, disorientation, and loneliness. With a bittersweet reference to the transience of life, the film reveals the invisible that complements the visible.
Through the Eyes of Yuja reveals us this artist in a very personal way, equipped with a portable camera and her smartphone the film wants to be a kind of digital diary, a reflection of the image Yuja casts to the world as well as a phantasmagorical world the directors tend to loom about this image.
The directors of the film, Anaïs & Olivier Spiro, have developed a very close relationship to Yuja Wang, since they started to work with her in 2010 at Verbier Festival. Since then, they have completed four recordings of Yuja Wang concerts. Both have been directing documentaries, recordings of opera theatre and dance performances, live broadcasts, and film adaptations of operas since 15 years, They also work as cinematographers and editors on most of their films as well as in collaboration with other directors.
Yuja Wang appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon.
Verbier Festival 2011
Lucerne Festival 2009