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Jason Allen 14/08/23

One Of The World's Best Virtuoso Pianists Is Playing At The Lightroom

Lightroom Live: Yuja x Hockney | A virtuoso pianist meets an immersive art show

So, this sounds interesting.

For three days at the end of next month Yuja Wang – one of the most acclaimed & revered classical pianists in the world – will play a series of concerts in the extraordinary Lightroom, currently home to David Hockney’s awe-inspiring exhibition of large scale immersive art.

Basically, both your eyes and your ears are going to be competing to see which of them is more blown away by the whole affair.

©Quincena Musical- Iñigo Ibáñez

If by some chance you don’t happen to follow the elite classical virtuoso pianist scene, allow us to give you a brief rejoinder as to just who Yuja Wang is. The short version is that she started winning international awards as a teenager, and has never stopped since. She’s worked with the best conductors in the business and been hailed by critics (the San Fransisco Chronicle says she is “quite simply, the most dazzlingly, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today”). And by all accounts, her strongest suit is her magnetic stage presence – she apparently thrives in live performance, bringing a unique energy to each show.

For the concerts in the Lightroom, she’ll be playing half a dozen one hour-long sets – two per night for three nights. She’ll be playing a repertoire of pieces directly inspired by her take on David Hockney’s artworks themselves, marrying up the sound with the images in harmony. Thus, the show will be responsive to the artwork on the walls, changing with the colours, and matching the tone appropriately.

Hopefully, it strikes a chord.


NOTE: Lightroom Live: Yuja x Hockney will take place on 28th, 29th, and 30th September 2023 (7pm & 9pm). Tickets start at £15 and are available right here.

Lightroom | 12 Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4DY

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Lightroom Live: Yuja x Hockney

12 Lewis Cubitt Square, King's Cross, North London, N1C 4DY