Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Mitsuko Uchida, Piano and Director
Matthew Truscott, Concertmaster and Leader
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459
BERG Three Pieces from the Lyric Suite (arr. for string orchestra)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
MOZART Andante cantabile from Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 330
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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, London Symphony Orchestra, London 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 an 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 the Salzburg Mozartwoche, Salzburg Festival, and Edinburgh International Festival.
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 with The Cleveland Orchestra, which she directed 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.
Ms. Uchida is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and director of the Marlboro Music Festival. She was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal from the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation 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.
Matthew Truscott is a versatile violinist who shares his time between period instrument music and modern performance, appearing with some of the finest musicians in both fields. He is concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and one of the leaders of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
In demand as a guest leader, Mr. Truscott’s engagements have included projects with the English National Opera, Dutch National Opera, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Le Concert d’Astrée, The English Concert, The King’s Consort, and Arcangelo. He is also the leader of Classical Opera, St. James’s Baroque, and the Magdalena Consort.
A keen chamber musician, recent recordings have included a set of Purcell trio sonatas with the Retrospect Trio; Bach chamber music with Trevor Pinnock, Emmanuel Pahud, and Jonathan Manson; and Haydn piano trios with Richard Lester and Simon Crawford-Phillips. Mr. Truscott teaches baroque violin at London’s Royal Academy of Music.
MCO’s sound is characterized by the chamber music style of ensemble playing among its alert and independent musical personalities. The orchestra received its most significant artistic impulses from its founding mentor, Claudio Abbado, and Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding. As artistic partners, pianist Mitsuko Uchida, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and conductor Teodor Currentzis inspire and shape the orchestra through long-term collaborations. Concertmaster Matthew Truscott leads and directs the orchestra regularly in its performances of chamber orchestra repertoire.
MCO’s education and outreach projects include Feel the Music—which opens the world of music to deaf and hard-of-hearing children through workshops in schools and concerts halls—and MCO Academy, through which MCO musicians work with the next generation of musicians to provide a high-quality orchestral experience and platform for international exchange.
Major projects in recent years have included the award-winning Beethoven Journey with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, who led the ensemble in performances of the complete Beethoven concerto cycle from the keyboard in international residences. In 2012, MCO premiered the opera Written on Skin at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence under the baton of composer George Benjamin, with whom the orchestra shares a close musical friendship. MCO’s current partnership with Ms. Uchida, centered on Mozart’s piano concertos, includes multi-year residences at Salzburg’s Mozartwoche, London’s Southbank Centre, and Carnegie Hall.