Bringuier, music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, has collaborated with the superstar keyboardist for about a decade in concertos by composers ranging from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Robert Schumann to Sergei Rachmaninov.
In addition, Wang served as the Tonhalle’s first artist-in-residence under the conductor, followed by violinist Lisa Batiashvili and percussionist Martin Grubinger in subsequent seasons. “Sharing the stage with these artists through one complete season was really wonderful, because we could deepen the relationship among them, the orchestra and the audience,” Bringuier said.
In addition to recitals, chamber concerts and concerto performances with the Tonhalle as artist-in-residence, Wang also joined the orchestra for a European tour to France, Germany and Austria.
“During that season, which was ’14-’15, we played 32 performances together,” Bringuier said. “So maybe half of it was in Zürich with the Tonhalle, but we also played together with the Sydney [Australia] Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic — six concerts — and the L.A. Philharmonic. So, many concerts.”
Both artists are now 30, and along with sharing the same age, they have an “organic” connection, according to Wang. “It’s telepathic,” she said in a video interview produced by the L.A. Phil. “If I’m unhappy, he already has stopped the orchestra and knows what I think. So that’s pretty amazing.”
Their performance of Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15, at Ravinia will be their first together of that work. “But I know,” Bringuier said, “I will be impressed with the way she approaches the piece.”