Pianist Yuja Wang. Photo by Felix Broade, Deutsche Grammophon.
Pianist Yuja Wang. Photo by Felix Broade, Deutsche Grammophon. ( Felix Broade, Deutsche Grammopho )

1. Only 25, she is among the busiest of today's piano soloists, and she sports a classy recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon.

2. As a girl, she studied at Beijing Central Conservatory, then moved, alone -- at age 14 -- to continue studies at Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, Alberta, before moving to Philadelphia to attend the Curtis Institute of Music. There she studied for five years under renowned pianist and pedagogue Gary Graffman.

3. Her career took off when she gave knockout performances as a substitute for canceling stars: Martha Argerich, Yefim Bronfman, Evgeny Kissin.

4. Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, is a big fan. At age 17, she already was responsive to the "specific colors and character of the orchestra," he told the New York Times.

5. Known for her fashion sense, she says she was "weirded out" when the media erupted in debate over the orange minidress she wore while performing Rachmaninoff with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2011.

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