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Mitsuko Uchida


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“Uchida is, simply, Uchida – an elegant, deeply musical interpreter who strikes an inspired balance of head and heart in everything she plays.” - Chicago Tribune

Mitsuko Uchida (born December 20, 1948) is a classical pianist.

Born in Atami, a seaside town close to Tokyo, Japan, Uchida moved to Vienna, Austria when she was twelve with her diplomat parents, and she enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Music to study with Wilhelm Kempff and Stefan Askenase.

In 1969 she won the first prize in the Beethoven Competition in Vienna and in 1970 the second prize in the Chopin Competition. In 1975 she went on to win second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition.

She is an acclaimed interpreter of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. She has recorded all of Mozart’s piano sonatas and concerti with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Tate. She is also distinguished as an interpreter of the works of the Second Viennese School.

She has conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with various works of Mozart for piano and orchestra.

She is featured with Dame Felicity Lott in the 2005-06 season of the Cleveland Orchestra.

She is the Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival, together with the American pianist Richard Goode. She is also a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, an organisation that focuses on helping young artists to develop their international careers.


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  • Cat_007

    nice Schubert plays

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • carsten_doig

    Her version Beethoven's Hammerkalvier is my favourite.

    13 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Aristoxenous

    Looks just like Sandra Oh.

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • tomline-pl

    Definitive, brilliant and moving Schubert's interpretations I have ever heard.

    1 Mar 2012 Reply
  • soestdyik

    Ich bewundere bei ihr die Harmonie der Anschläge und Pedalführührung,Evgeny Kissin und Mitsuko Uchiida sind zwei verschiedene Temparemente. Man hört es an ihrem Vortrag. Ob hier der unterschied Mann und Frau oder Kulturen ein Rolle spielt ?Japan hat hervorangende Musiker.

    19 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Lissen1

    Andsnes, norwegian pianist 1 class

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
  • keisuh

    Her Mozart stuff is just awesome.

    27 Jun 2011 Reply
  • oz_yush

    one of my favourite pianists of all times! <3 Love her DEBUSSY!!!! just fabulous... amazing..

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
  • yu00

    I don't know who I prefer between her and Alfred Brendel about the interpretation of the Schubert's sonatas... One thing is for sure: they both are technically outstanding.

    13 May 2010 Reply
  • gakko

    The way she plays Schönbergs Piano Concerto and Beethovens Hammarklavier Sonata convinced me that she´s one of the greatest pianists for the last 30-40 years or so...

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • gouldgirl

    Mitsuko Uchida is pretty much my hero. It would be my dream to see her perform live.

    23 Nov 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    Highly rated by musical Japanese friends of mine.

    7 Jul 2009 Reply
  • LondonLouis

    Highly rated by musical Japanese friends of mine.

    7 Jul 2009 Reply
  • footsteps

    She used to take lessons with my grandfather.

    14 Mar 2009 Reply
  • saturninebear

    I absolutely adore mitsuko. One of the most passionate musicians I've ever seen. Was lucky enough to see her play at the the Sheldonian in Oxford. She is just AWESOME. And such a lovely lady.

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • karlsmart

    lol yeah she actually does look kinda weird when she plays. I guess it's her way of feeling the music, taking her through different musical emotions.

    11 Jan 2008 Reply
  • marbu

    great pianist! i have nicknamed her as the japanese witch of the mountain xD hey, don't look me like that, you've got to admit it looks like it when she plays! search her up in youtube and you will see :P

    3 Sep 2007 Reply

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