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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 Autumn 2016, Mitsuko Uchida and the MCO toured Japan. This tour culminated in 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 Spring 2017, the MCO and Mitsuko Uchida performed in Perugia, Treviso, and in Hamburg’s newly-opened Elbphilharmonie.

In Spring 2019, Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra reconvene for a series of concerts in Europe and the United States which will launch long-term residencies at the Salzburg Festival, at London’s Southbank Centre and at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

After a covid-induced performing break, the MCO and Mitsuko Uchida resumed their touring activities together in 2021, with two tours spanning Europe and America. 

The season of 2022-2023 brings them together again in January 2023 for two tours in Europe before heading over to America again to perform at top venues such as Carnegie Hall.


Biography

One of the most revered artists of our time, Mitsuko Uchida is known as a peerless interpreter of the works of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven, as well for being a devotee of the piano music of Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, and György Kurtág.

She has enjoyed close relationships over many years with the world’s most renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and – in the US – the Chicago Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra, with whom she recently celebrated her 100th performance at Severance Hall. Conductors with whom she has worked closely have included Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel, and Mariss Jansons.

Since 2016, Mitsuko Uchida has been an Artistic Partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom she is currently engaged on a multi-season touring project in Europe, Japan and North America. She also appears regularly in recital in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York and Tokyo, and is a frequent guest at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Salzburg Festival.

Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca, and her multi-award-winning discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. She is the recipient of two Grammy® Awards – for Mozart Concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra, and for an album of lieder with Dorothea Röschmann – and her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won the Gramophone Award for Best Concerto.

A founding member of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Director of Marlboro Music Festival, Mitsuko Uchida is a recipient of the Golden Mozart Medal from the Salzburg Mozarteum, and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association. She has also been awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Wigmore Hall Medal, and holds Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. In 2009 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

UPCOMING CONCERTS

07 January 2023 Alicante

Saturday 20:00pm / Adda

W. A. MOZART / A. SCHÖNBERG

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader


09 January 2023 Lisbon

Monday 20:00pm / Gulbenkian

W. A. MOZART / A. SCHÖNBERG

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader


11 January 2023 Barcelona

Wednesday 20:00pm / Palau de la Música

W. A. MOZART / A. SCHÖNBERG

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader


13 January 2023 San Sebastián

Friday 20:00pm / Kursaal

W. A. MOZART / A. SCHÖNBERG

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader


23 January 2023 Luxembourg

Monday 20:00pm / Philharmonie

W. A. MOZART

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader


25 January 2023 Dortmund

Wednesday 20:00pm / Konzerthaus

W. A. MOZART / A. SCHÖNBERG

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader


27 January 2023 Amsterdam

Friday 20:15pm / Concertgebouw

W. A. MOZART / A. SCHÖNBERG

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader


29 January 2023 Salzburg

Sunday 19:30pm / Mozarteum

W. A. MOZART

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader


01 February 2023 London

Wednesday 19:30pm / Royal Festival Hall

W. A. MOZART / A. SCHÖNBERG

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader


07 March 2023 Chapel Hill

Tuesday 19:30pm / Memorial Hall

W. A. MOZART / A. SCHÖNBERG

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader


09 March 2023 New York

Thursday 20:00pm / Carnegie Hall

W. A. MOZART / A. SCHÖNBERG

Mitsuko Uchida piano & director / José Maria Blumenschein concertmaster & leader