Born in Japan but having lived in London for many years, the pianist Mitsuko Uchida is widely acclaimed for her intelligent, honest performances. Her interpretations of music by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven are particularly prized, yet she also knows how to win over new listeners with Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez.
Uchida collaborates with the most respected orchestras in the world and regularly appears as a recitalist in the leading concert halls of Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam and New York. Her current projects include the Schubert piano sonatas and her artistic partnership with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, in which she conducts the orchestra from the keyboard in a number of Mozart piano concertos.
In addition to her career as a concert artist, Uchida is very involved in the development of young musicians, as evidenced by her artistic leadership at the Marlboro Music Festival and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. Her many awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal (in 2012) and the Praemium Imperiale of Japan (in 2015).
Uchida made her first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 under the direction of Kurt Sanderling, in 1994. She has returned many times since, most recently in December 2011, when she performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, K 466 under the baton of Bernard Haitink