Performance Sunday, February 14, 2016 | 7 PM

The Cleveland Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Revered for the grace, taste, and vitality of her Mozart, Mitsuko Uchida conducts The Cleveland Orchestra from the piano in two of the master's concertos. The Piano Concerto No. 17 charms with its delightful melodies and engaging wind writing. The concerto’s Andante, a marvelously sweet song with intertwining lines for piano and winds, is especially beautiful. The blend of the heroic and humane has made the Piano Concerto No. 25 one of Mozart’s most popular. Trumpets and drums give the concerto’s outer movements a regal splendor, while the central Andante has a touching tenderness.


  • The Cleveland Orchestra
    Mitsuko Uchida, Conductor and Pianist
  • William Preucil, Concertmaster and Leader


  • Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453
  • Symphony No. 34 in C Major, K. 338
  • Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • The Cleveland Orchestra

    Under the leadership of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, The Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world, setting standards of artistic excellence, creative programming, and community engagement. The strong and ongoing financial support of the ensemble's home region is driving the orchestra forward with renewed energy and focus, increasing the number of young people who attend concerts and bringing fresh attention to the orchestra's legendary sound and committed programming.

    The partnership with Franz Welser-Möst, begun in 2002 and now in its 14th year with the 2015-2016 season, has earned The Cleveland Orchestra unprecedented residencies in the US and around the world, including one at the Musikverein in Vienna, the first of its kind by an American orchestra. The orchestra's annual residency in Miami, Florida, presented under the name Cleveland Orchestra Miami, is celebrating its 10th year in 2015-2016, and involves four weeks of full programming in South Florida, including concerts, community presentations, education programs, and collaborative partnerships.

    The Cleveland Orchestra has a long and distinguished recording and broadcast history. A series of DVD and CD recordings under the direction of Mr. Welser-Möst continues to add to an extensive and widely praised catalog of audio recordings made during the tenures of the ensemble's earlier music directors. In addition, Cleveland Orchestra concerts are heard in syndication each season on radio stations throughout North America and Europe.

    Seven music directors--Nikolai Sokoloff, Artur Rodziński, Erich Leinsdorf, George Szell, Lorin Maazel, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Franz Welser-Möst--have guided and shaped the ensemble's growth and sound since its founding in 1918. Through tours, residencies, radio broadcasts, and recordings, The Cleveland Orchestra is heard today by a broad and loyal constituency around the world. Visit for more information.

    Mitsuko Uchida

    Mitsuko Uchida is a performer who brings deep insight into the music she plays through her own search for truth and beauty. She is particularly noted for her interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, both in the concert hall and on recordings, but has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, and Boulez for a new generation of listeners.

    Ms. Uchida made her Cleveland Orchestra debut in February 1990, and since that time has performed with the orchestra at Severance Hall, at the annual summer Blossom Music Festival, and on tour in Europe and Japan. She made her Cleveland Orchestra conducting debut in March 1998, and subsequently led performances from the keyboard of all of Mozart's solo piano concertos as artist-in-residence across five seasons (2002-2007). She is currently in the midst of an ongoing recording project with the orchestra and Decca, revisiting select Mozart concertos.

    Ms. Uchida performs throughout the world with many different partners. In addition to concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra, recent and future engagements include appearances at the Edinburgh International Festival, at the BBC Proms with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, a recital tour of Japan, and performances across Europe with soprano Magdalena Kožená and another with the Quatuor Ebène. She began 2016 with a series of concerts led from the keyboard with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

    Ms. Uchida records exclusively for Decca. In April 2008, BBC Music Magazine presented its Instrumentalist of the Year and Disc of the Year awards to Ms. Uchida. Her recording of Schoenberg's Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and The Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including one from Gramophone for best concerto recording. Four of her most recent recordings were recorded live at Severance Hall with The Cleveland Orchestra, and feature eight of Mozart's piano concertos. The album featuring concertos nos. 23 and 24 received a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra.

    Ms. Uchida's discography ranges from Mozart to Debussy and from Beethoven to Berg. Albums include the complete Mozart piano sonatas and piano concertos (with the English Chamber Orchestra), the complete Schubert piano sonatas, Debussy's etudes, the five Beethoven piano concertos with Kurt Sanderling and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, an album of Mozart violin sonatas with Mark Steinberg, the song cycle Die schöne Müllerin with Ian Bostridge for EMI, the final five Beethoven piano sonatas, and a recording of Berg's Chamber Concerto with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez, and Christian Tetzlaff.

    Mitsuko Uchida has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to aiding the development of young musicians, and is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She is also co-director, with Richard Goode, of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. In June 2009, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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  • William Preucil

    William Preucil became concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra in April 1995, and has appeared more than 100 times as soloist with the orchestra in concerto performances. He holds the orchestra's Blossom-Lee Concertmaster Endowed Chair.

    Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Preucil served for seven seasons as first violinist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet. During that time, Telarc International recorded the Cleveland Quartet performing the complete cycle of Beethoven's 17 string quartets, as well as a variety of chamber works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms. He previously served as concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (1982-1989), after also holding the same position with the orchestras of Utah and Nashville. He has premiered two works by composer Stephen Paulus written especially for him, the Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 1987, and the Violin Concerto No. 3 with The Cleveland Orchestra in 2013.

    Mr. Preucil regularly performs chamber music, as a guest soloist with other orchestras, and at summer music festivals. His North American festival performances have included Santa Fe, Sarasota, Seattle, and Sitka, with international appearances in France, Germany, and Switzerland. Each summer, he serves as concertmaster and violin soloist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego. Mr. Preucil also continues to perform as a member of the Lanier Trio, whose recording of the complete Dvořák piano trios was honored as one of Time magazine's top 10 compact discs at the time of its release.

    Actively involved as an educator, Mr. Preucil serves as Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music and at Furman University. He previously taught at the Eastman School of Music and at the University of Georgia.

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MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503 (Allegro maestoso)
Jeffrey Tate, Conductor | Mitsuko Uchida, Piano | English Chamber Orchestra

At a Glance

Between the beginning of 1784 and the end of 1786, Mozart composed a dozen piano concertos. There could be no clearer indication of his high standing as a concert soloist in those years, nor of his intensely rich creativity in a form that was somewhat narrowly circumscribed in terms of length and design, but which he crafted with an endless variety of detail. He was happy to keep writing new works in the same genre, usually for himself to play, and his invention showed no sign whatever of going stale.

One concerto from the beginning of this period and one concerto from the end make an ideal choice for Mitsuko Uchida’s performances with The Cleveland Orchestra, with whom she has a longstanding and close relationship. She was artist-in-residence with Cleveland from 2002 to 2007, and has regularly appeared as soloist with the orchestra since that time. She is now engaged in a project recording many of the Mozart piano concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra, leading from the keyboard. Five albums have been released to date.

Between the concertos, Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 is presented with William Preucil acting as leader from his position as concertmaster.
Program Notes
This performance is part of Concertos Plus.