Legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own quest for truth and beauty. Renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven, she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners.
Highlights this season include a performance at the BBC Proms with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, the Berlin Philharmonic with Simon Rattle as well as play-directing Mozart concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra and with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with whom she will return to the Salzburg Mozartwoche. Recital tour venues in 2016 include the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Vienna Konzerthaus, the Royal Festival Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. With a strong commitment to playing chamber music, Mitsuko Uchida collaborates closely with the world’s finest musicians. A European tour with Magdalena Kožená in the autumn will be followed by a performance of the Schumann piano quintet with the Ebène Quartet at the Wigmore Hall. Uchida will also appear in chamber music programmes with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the United States and members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, joined then by Jörg Widmann, in a residency at Frankfurt Alte Oper.
Mitsuko Uchida’s loyal relationship with the finest orchestras and concert halls resulted in numerous residencies. She has been Artist-in-Residence at the Cleveland Orchestra and at the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Salzburg Mozartwoche and Lucerne Festival. Carnegie Hall dedicated to her a Perspectives series entitled ‘Mitsuko Uchida: Vienna Revisited’ and the Concertgebouw a Carte Blanche series.
Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca. Her extensive discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. Since 2011 Uchida has been recording Mozart’s Piano Concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra live in concert and directing from the piano. The first release won a Grammy Award in 2011. The latest release (August 2014) features piano concerti K456 and K.459, and Uchida will record the next instalment in 2016. Her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including The Gramophone Award for Best Concerto. The next Decca CD to be released shortly, fruit of her collaboration with Dorothea Röschmann, will feature lieder by Schumann and Berg.
Highly committed to aiding the development of young musicians, Mitsuko Uchida is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Director of the Marlboro Music Festival. In May 2012 she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal. In June 2009 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire and received an Honorary Degree from the University of Cambridge in 2014.
A guest of honour at the Salzburg Mozartwoche in 2015, performing a solo recital and chamber music concerts, Mitsuko Uchida was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal. In September 2015 Uchida was among the winners of the 2015 Praemium Imperiale, Japan’s highest cultural honor.
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