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Mitsuko Uchida: Bio

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, 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 and Leon Fleisher, 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' Théâtre 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.  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 Müllerin 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.  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.

Mitsuko 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. 

1 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19 in F, K.459/1  
2 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19 in F, K.459/2  
3 Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19 in F, K.459/3  
4 Piano Concerto No.18 in B Flat, K.456/1  
5 Piano Concerto No.18 in B Flat, K.456/2  
6 Piano Concerto No.18 in B Flat, K.456/3  
'Is Talent Enough?' Mitsuko Uchida starts the debate
Interview with Mitsuko Uchida 2008
Mitsuko Uchida discusses and demonstrates The Debussy Etudes

"Drawing sharper-than-usual contrasts between movements, the pianist, who also conducted, added narrative breadth to the concertos, thereby giving the works even more to say than usual." - The Plain Dealer, Cleveland 

"When you have such a superior Mozart pianist directing Mozart concertos from the Steinway, and doing so with such ease and infectious pleasure in making music … who wants (or needs) a separate conductor'" – The Chicago Tribune

Internationally acclaimed pianist Mitsuko Uchida releases another installment in her much-admired and Grammy® Award-winning Mozart piano concertos with the Cleveland Orchestra, available now on Decca. Recorded live, as with the past three albums in the series, during performances in Cleveland's Severance Hall, this new album combines the B flat major, No 18, K456 and the F major, No 19, K459. These two pieces were part of the great series of piano concertos that Mozart wrote in Vienna in the mid-1780s.

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