Biography

Mitsuko Uchida

Current as of August 2019

Legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida brings deep insight to 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.

In January 2017 Mitsuko Uchida played in the opening concerts at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg as artist in residence. The same season, she began a three-year collaboration with the Southbank Centre in London. Since 2016 she has been an artistic partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom she has directed Mozart’s piano concertos from the keyboard at various European venues and in Japan. Strongly committed to chamber music, Mitsuko Uchida collaborates with the world’s finest musicians, in particular Jörg Widmann, Dorothea Röschmann, the Quatour Ébène and Magdalena Kožená at venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Elbphilharmonie and Carnegie Hall in New York.

Mitsuko Uchida’s relationship with the finest orchestras and concert halls has resulted in numerous residencies. She has been artist in residence with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and at the Mozartwoche and Lucerne Festivals. Carnegie Hall also mounted a perspectives series entitled Mitsuko Uchida: Vienna Revisited and the Concertgebouw dedicated a Carte Blanche series to her.

Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca. Her extensive discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. Since 2011 she has been recording Mozart’s piano concertos live, directing from the keyboard, with the Cleveland Orchestra. The first release won a Grammy in 2011 and the last instalment, featuring the 17th and 25th piano concertos, was released in autumn 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. Her and soprano Dorothea Röschmann’s recording of songs by Schumann and Berg won a Grammy Award in 2017.

Highly committed to the development of young musicians, Mitsuko Uchida is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and director of the Marlboro Music Festival. In June 2009 she was made a DBE. In May 2012 she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s gold medal and in 2014 received an honorary degree from the University of Cambridge. A guest of honour at the Mozartwoche Festival in 2015, Mitsuko Uchida was awarded the Gold Mozart Medal. In October 2015 she received the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Arts Association.

 

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