Why does there seem to be such a significant increase in technical proficiency among young pianists (NYT)? Better diet and training (like athletes)? Growing population (more chances for genetics to provide outliers)? Greater wealth enabling more and better study and practice?
I was floored by Yuja Wang’s combination of flawless technique (at age 20) and sensitive, expressive interpretations when I saw one of her first major performances. And though I think she is near the top of her class, she is not alone.