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Mitsuko Uchida, piano

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Overview

Mitsuko Uchida is a performer who brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own search for truth and beauty. She is renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven, both in the concert hall and on CD, but she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners. Her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including The Gramophone Award for Best Concerto. Amongst many current projects, Ms. Uchida has recently been recording a selection of Mozart's Piano Concerti with the Cleveland Orchestra, directing from the piano: all of the discs in this series have received critical acclaim and one won a Grammy Award in 2011.

Highlights this season include performances with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and Riccardo Muti, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Mariss Jansons, London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski, and Tonhalle Orchestra with David Zinman. She will undertake a recital tour, with venues including Paris’ Théí¢tre des Champs Elysées, Vienna’s Musikverein, Chicago’s Symphony Center and New York’s Carnegie Hall; and a tour of Japan.

Mitsuko Uchida performs with the world’s finest orchestras and musicians. Some recent highlights have been her Artist-in-Residency at the Cleveland Orchestra, where she directed all the Mozart concerti from the keyboard over a number of seasons. She has also been the focus of a Carnegie Hall Perspectives series entitled ‘Mitsuko Uchida: Vienna Revisited’. She has featured in the Concertgebouw’s Carte Blanche series where she collaborated with Ian Bostridge, the Hagen Quartet, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as well as directing from the piano a performance of Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Ms. Uchida has also been Artist-in-Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Salzburg Mozartwoche, Lucerne Festival and with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where she performed a series of chamber music concerts and a Beethoven Piano Concerti cycle with Sir Simon Rattle.

Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca, and her recordings include the complete Mozart piano sonatas and piano concerti; the complete Schubert piano sonatas; Debussy’s Etudes; the five Beethoven piano concerti with Kurt Sanderling; a CD of Mozart Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Mark Steinberg; Die Schöne Mí¼llerin with Ian Bostridge for EMI; the final five Beethoven piano sonatas; and the 2008 recording of Berg’s Chamber Concerto with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez and Christian Tetzlaff.  Ms. Uchida’s most recent releases are CD’s of Mozart’s concerti K.488 and K.491, a second disc of K.466 and K.595, and a third disc of K.271 and K.467, all with Uchida directing the Cleveland Orchestra from the piano; and two acclaimed discs of Schumann’s solo piano music.  A DVD featuring a live performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire from the Salzburg Festival and an accompanying documentary was released last season by Bel Air and Film+co, in the centennary year of this pivotal work.

Ms. Uchida has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to aiding the development of young musicians and is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.  She is also 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.

"...Uchida's technique is certainly up to any challenge... [she] makes a strong case for works she clearly loves..."

-BBC Music Magazine

Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Program

Schubert: Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
Schubert: Sonata in A Major, D. 664
Schubert: Sonata in G Major, D. 894

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Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Schubert: Four Impromptus, D. 899
Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
Schumann: Piano Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, Op.11

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Jeffrey Kallberg

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Dorothea Röschmann, soprano and Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

SchumannLiederkreis, Op. 39
BergSieben Frí¼he Lieder
SchumannFrauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42

 

This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Cori Ellison 

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Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 846, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp Minor, BWV 859, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I
SchoenbergSechs kleine Klavierstí¼cke, Op. 19
SchumannWaldszenen, Op. 82
Schumann: Piano Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22
Schumann: Die Gesänge der Frí¼he, Op 133

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Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Beethoven: Sonata No. 27 in E Minor, Op. 90
Schumann: Dävidsbí¼ndlertanze, Op. 6
Chopin: Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45
Chopin: Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58

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Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Date: Monday, April 27, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
Berg: Piano Sonata, Op. 1
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A Major, Op. 101
Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17

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Borletti-Buitoni Ensemble; Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Date: Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

LisztLa lugubre gondola
BartókContrasts
Messiaen: Quaruor pour la fin du temps

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Brentano Quartet w/ Mitusko Uchida, piano

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

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Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

SchoenbergDrie Klavierstí¼cke, Op. 11
Schubert: Piano Sonata in G Major, D. 894
SchumannFantasiein C MajorOp. 17

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Mark Steinberg, violin; Peter Stumpf, cello; Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Date: Sunday, April 23, 1995 - 3:00 PM

Location: Centennial Hall, Haverford College,

Mozart: Piano Trio for B-flat Major, K. 254, "Divertimento"
Mozart: Piano Trio in C Major, K. 548
Mozart: Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564

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Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 1991 - 8:00 PM

Location: Port of History Museum,

Mozart: Piano Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 281
Mozart: Fantasia in D Minor, K. 397
Mozart: Piano Sonata in D Major, K. 311
Mozart: Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 309
Mozart: Piano Sonata in A Minor, K. 310

The Chicago Sun Times

“Uchida is, simply, Uchida – an elegant, deeply musical interpreter who strikes an inspired balance of head and heart in everything she plays”

BBC Music Magazine

“...Uchida's technique is certainly up to any challenge... [she] makes a strong case for works she clearly loves...”

Boston Globe

“Mitsuko Uchida's Mozart playing here is stunningly sensitive, crystalline, and true.”

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