Biography

Mitsuko Uchida

Current as of August 2017

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.

Artist in Residence at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Mitsuko Uchida played the opening piano recital in January 2017. This season also marks the start of a three-year collaboration with the Southbank Centre in London. In 2016 Mitsuko Uchida was appointed artistic partner to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and began a series of concerts directing Mozart concertos from the keyboard on tour in Europe and Japan. Other recent highlights include an acclaimed performance of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski at the 2015 BBC Proms, conducting the Cleveland Orchestra from the piano at Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall and two appearances at the 2016 Baden-Baden Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle. Her recital tours in 2016 included appearances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Royal Festival Hall and Carnegie Hall.

With a strong commitment to chamber music, Mitsuko Uchida collaborates with the world’s finest musicians, including Dorothea Röschmann, the Quatuor Ébène and Magdalena Kožená in 2015, as well appearing in chamber music programmes with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and with Jörg Widmann and members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt.

In 2017 Mitsuko Uchida will embark on a Schubert sonata series, featuring 12 of Schubert’s major works, which she will tour throughout Europe and North America. She returns to the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals and will appear with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano.

Mitsuko Uchida’s loyal 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 and 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.

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 Premium Imperiale from the Japan Arts Association.

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