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 the autumn of 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 opening series of the hall in 1986. In spring 2017, the MCO and Mitsuko Uchida performed in Perugia, Treviso, and in Hamburg’s 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 break – the MCO and Mitsuko Uchida were able to continue their whirlwind performances of Mozart’s repertoire through a European and American tour. Following their return to Chapel Hill and New York in 2022, they are excited to come back in the spring of 2023 with a program that combines music from the two Viennese schools, pairing the finesse of Mozart with the expressionism of A. Schönberg.