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Santtu and Yuja Wang

Royal Festival Hall
£13 — £65
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Pianist Yuja Wang in golden dress at grand piano.


Santtu-Matias Rouvali – conductor
Yuja Wang – piano


Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Listen

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1 Listen

— Interval —

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Listen

Brilliant and charismatic pianist Yuja Wang joins the Philharmonia for an evening of unabashed Romanticism.

She opens with Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, a set of variations alternately sparkling and thoughtful, moody and full of fun. The passionate 18th variation is a perennial favourite – Rachmaninov knowingly declared “this one is for my agent.” But that’s just the starter – next it’s time for his First Piano Concerto. Rachmaninov began this piece when he was just 17 years old, but it’s already full of his trademark mix of ravishing melodies and dazzling showmanship. Either of these pieces would be a huge challenge for most pianists, never mind both in one evening – but the sensational Yuja Wang is certainly not most pianists.

Tchaikovsky’s music was a major influence on the young Rachmaninov. His Fourth Symphony, opening with a portentous horn fanfare, is a product of Romanticism at its height. From deceptively simple melodies, Tchaikovsky builds a spellbinding forty minutes of high emotional drama.

Prices & Discounts

£13 – £65

Multi-buy offer available; under-18s and concessions discounts available; discounted tickets for students via Student Pulse one month before the concert (limited availability)

Running time:

2 hrs, including a 20 minute interval

Recommended age

From 7+

Programme notes

Free printed programmes will be available at the venue. Digital programme notes available a week before the event.

Box office

Philharmonia Box Office: 0800 652 6717
Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm

Before the event

Woman and man in a panel discussion.
1.30pm, Royal Festival Hall

Insights Talk

Free, no ticket required

After the event

Cellist Karen Stephenson with her instrument in joyful conversation.
5.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall

Christmas with the Philharmonia Cellos

Free, no ticket required


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