"Her career soars above that of any pianist before the public today. She represents a new breed - the complete, thoroughly modern package. Wearing stunning gowns chosen specifically to match the repertoire she is playing, she has cultivated a persona of visual beauty as well as musical brilliance."
A bit on the breathless side, but we agree that Wang - who came to study at the Curtis Institute of Music at age 15 and stayed six years, graduating in 2008 - is pretty terrific. She opened the Philadelphia Orchestra's season this year with a performance of special insight.
The rest of Musical America's honorees this year all have Philadelphia connections to varying degrees. Composer of the year Andrew Norman finished a three-year composer-in-residence term for Opera Philadelphia this past spring.