“Perfection isn’t the goal.”

I was watching a video of Yuja Wang’s interview last night, and was impressed at one moment when the interviewer asked her which one she likes better, live concert or recording. Yuja said live concert. The reason is that for live concert, “perfection isn’t the goal.” But for recording, you have to pursue perfection.

Wow, at that moment I remind myself why I like this young pianist so much. Perfection is the goal of album recording for a musician, publication for a researcher, yet there are other, and perhaps more important excitements that make our work worth-doing. For a classical pianist, the music and performances cannot be replicated. The audience should always go to “the moment”, “the spot”, to enjoy it — because in that way you could see how the musician pushes the scores against the boundary and instills his/her blood into the scores. Yuja was criticized a lot for “wearing too sexy” during classic music performances. But I am on her side, for what’s wrong with being self-centered as an artist?


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  • Hyh  On November 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Weird, I always thought her name was Yujia Wang… But it turns out she’s Yuja… Funny hah?

    BTW, I enjoy reading this post!

    • mumamme  On November 22, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Well, on a related point, she prefers to be called Yuja, instead of Yuja Wang. Wang is too common a name for her,hhh

      • hyh  On November 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        Somehow Yuja Wang reminded me Yogi bear…


      • mumamme  On November 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm


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