Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos II
A superlative interpreter of repertoire from the Classical and early Romantic eras, as well as composers of the Second Viennese School, Mitsuko Uchida performs with the world’s most respected orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and London’s Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, and Philharmonia Orchestra. She has worked with esteemed conductors who include Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, and Andris Nelsons. Since 2016, Ms. Uchida has served as the artistic partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom she has embarked on a five-year project. She also appears regularly in recitals in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York, and Tokyo, and is a regular guest at Salzburg’s Mozartwoche, Salzburg Festival, and Edinburgh International Festival.
Ms. Uchida’s loyal relationship with the finest orchestras and concert halls has resulted in numerous residencies. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Cleveland Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozartwoche, and the Lucerne Festival. She also curated a Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall and a Carte Blanche series at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.
Ms. Uchida records exclusively for Decca, and her extensive discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. She received a Grammy Award in 2011 for her recording of Mozart concertos, directing The Cleveland Orchestra from the piano, and in 2017 for an album of lieder with Dorothea Röschmann. Her recording of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and The Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including the Gramophone Award for Best Concerto.
Highly committed to aiding the development of young musicians, Ms. Uchida is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and director of Marlboro Music Festival. She was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal from Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association in 2015, and received an honorary degree from the University of Cambridge in 2014. Ms. Uchida was also awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2012 and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009.