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Mitsuko Uchida

Piano

Mitsuko Uchida, one of the greatest Mozart interpreters of our time, shares a long-term collaboration with the MCO, focused on Mozart’s piano concertos. Mitsuko Uchida leads the orchestra from the keyboard.

The partnership brings Mitsuko Uchida and the MCO to major venues and multiple-concert residencies across the world. It kicked off in January 2016 with an extensive European tour with 5 concerts in Spain (Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona, Oviedo, and Bilbao) and further performances in Luxembourg, Salzburg and Frankfurt. Each concert included two piano concertos paired around Mozart’s Divertimento K. 137, led by the MCO’s concertmaster. The tour concluded with a chamber music concert with Mitsuko Uchida in Frankfurt.

In October and November 2016, Mitsuko Uchida and the MCO toured Japan. This tour culminated in a residency at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall on the occasion of the landmark venue’s 30th anniversary. Mitsuko Uchida was featured with a Mozart cycle in the in the opening series of the hall in 1986. In February 2017, the MCO reconvened with Mitsuko Uchida for concerts in Perugia, Treviso, and in Hamburg's newly-opened Elbphilharmonie.

The partnership will continue with further tours in the seasons to follow. Mitsuko Uchida and the MCO collaborated together for the first time on a Spain and Portugal tour in 2013, also with Mozart concertos. This first collaboration inspired the mutual wish to continue and further develop the Artistic Partnership.

Biography

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. 

In 2016 Mitsuko Uchida was appointed an Artistic Partner to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and began a series of concerts directing Mozart concerti from the keyboard in tours of major European venues and Japan. Other recent highlights included an acclaimed performance of the Schönberg piano concerto with the London Philharmonic and Valdimir Jurowski, and play-directing the Cleveland Orchestra in performances at Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall. Recital tours in 2016 included the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Royal Festival Hall and Carnegie Hall. With a strong commitment to chamber music, Mitsuko Uchida has recently collaborated with Dorothea Röschmann, the Ebène Quartet and Magdalena Kožená, and also appeared in chamber music programs with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music partners in 2017 will include Jörg Widmann and members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

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 will also return to the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals and appear with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, the Chicago Symphony and Riccardo Muti and the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia and Antonio Pappano.

Mitsuko Uchida’s relationship with the finest orchestras and concert halls has 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’.

Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca. Her extensive discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. Her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including The Gramophone Award for Best Concerto. She is currently recording the Mozart piano concerti with the Cleveland orchestra; the last instalment is scheduled for release in autumn 2016. 

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 June 2009 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.