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 kicks 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 includes two piano concertos paired around Mozart’s Divertimento K. 137, led by the MCO’s concertmaster. The tour concludes with a chamber music concert with Mitsuko Uchida in Frankfurt.
In October and November 2016, Mitsuko Uchida and the MCO will tour Japan. This tour will culminate 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.
The partnership will be continued 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.
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.
In 2016 Mitsuko Uchida embarks on a close partnership with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra directing Mozart concerti from the keyboard in extensive tours of major European venues and Japan. Other highlights of the 2015-16 season include an acclaimed performance of the Schönberg piano concerto with the London Philharmonic and Valdimir Jurowski at the 2015 BBC Proms, play-directing the Cleveland Orchestra in performances at Severance Hall and Carnegie Hall, and two appearances at the 2016 Baden-Baden Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle. Recital tour venues in 2016 include the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Royal Festival Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York. With a strong commitment to (deleted ‘playing’) chamber music, Mitsuko Uchida collaborates closely with the world’s finest musicians. Following concerts with Dorothea Röschmann, the Ebène Quartet and Magdalena Kožená in 2015, Uchida will also appear in chamber music programmes with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the United States, and with Jörg Widmann and members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a residency at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt.
Mitsuko Uchida’s loyal 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’ 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, Mitsuko Uchida was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal. In October 2015, she received the Premium Imperiale Award from the Japan Arts Association.