Uchida Mozart Uchida

February 8 – Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
February 9 – Friday at 8:00 p.m.
February 10 – Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Guest Artist

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 Blossom, and on tour in Europe and Japan.  She made her Cleveland Orchestra conducting debut in 1998, and subsequently led performances from the keyboard of all of Mozart’s solo piano concertos as artist-in-residence across five seasons (2002-07).  In a special recording project with the Orchestra and Decca, Ms. Uchida has revisited a number of Mozart concertos, with these albums winning acclaim and a Grammy Award

Mitsuko Uchida performs throughout the world with many different partners.  In 2017, she is embarked on a two-year Schubert Sonata series, featuring twelve of Schubert’s major works, which she is touring throughout Europe and North America. Her performances also include returns to the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals and concerto appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and in Cleveland. In 2016, she was appointed an artistic partner to the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and began a series of concerts directing Mozart concertos from the keyboard with that ensemble in extensive tours of major European venues and Japan.

Mitsuko 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.  Five of her most recent recordings were recorded live at Severance Hall with The Cleveland Orchestra and feature ten of Mozart’s piano concertos.

Ms. Uchida’s discography ranges widely, from Mozart to Debussy, and 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 Études, the five Beethoven piano concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, an album of Mozart violin sonatas with Mark Steinberg, the song cycle Die schöne Müllerin with Ian Bostridge for EMI, and the final five Beethoven piano sonatas.

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 artistic director of the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. In June 2009, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.