Yuya Wang, Artist of the Year 2017 according to Musical America magazine and Andreas Ottensamer, award-winning clarinetist will perform at the Rector's Palace atrium tonight, on Tuesday, August 6th starting at 9:30 pm and show off their virtuosity with performances of Weber, Brahms, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Debussy, Chopin and Horovitz.
The superlatives of the critics and the standing ovation of the audience are the constant companions of the brilliant career of pianist Yuja Wang, recognizable for her superior skill and charismatic stage appearance. Wang is set to reach new highs this season, so the schedule of this brilliant pianist is filled with recitals, concert series, residencies at Carnegie Hall and Wiener Konzerthaus, and world tours with some of the most acclaimed ensembles and conductors, such as the Munich Philharmonic under the direction of Valeriy Gergiev. Her recent engagements include mpressive performances with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustav Dudamel in Versailles and at the Sommernachtskonzert in Schönbrunn. Yuja Wang achieved great international success in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and two years later signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and has since received a number of excellent reviews for her appearances and albums. She established herself as one of the world's leading pianists and her concert at the 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival is her first appearance in Croatia.
Her music partner at Dubrovnik concert is Austrian clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer, who won the affection of festival audience and critics last year at the 69th Festival with the unique beauty of the tone he creates with his instrument. Since 2011, Ottensamer is the first clarinet for the Berlin Philharmonic, and has performed as a soloist in major concert halls around the world with orchestras such as the Vienna, Rotterdam or Seoul Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Métropolitain and others. He signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in 2013, making him the first solo clarinetist who has achieved that. For his second album Brahms - The Hungarian Connection Ottensamer received the ECHO Klassik Award for Instrumentalist of the Year in 2015.
Andreas Ottensamer and Yuja Wang released a joint album called Blue Hour in March this year by Deutsche Grammophon, and some of the songs will be included in the concert program at the Rector’s Palace.