Mitsuko Uchida

Biography

Born: December 20, 1948; Tokyo, Japan  
Mitsuko Uchida, a thoughtful and iconoclastic pianist, was born in Tokyo in 1948. She began her studies in piano during childhood. Her parents, who were diplomats, moved to Austria when Uchida was 12, and she enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Music. Even at this young age, Uchida rebelled against the conventional wisdom her teachers tried to impart. She wished to exercise her own judgment in performance, and the Academy did not want to let her. Read more Judges at competitions, on the other hand, liked her judgment, giving her the second prize at the Beethoven Competition in 1968 and another second prize at the prestigous Chopin Competition in 1970. Uchida, however, was dissatisfied with her playing and retired from the competition circuit. Her career built up mostly through word of mouth during the 1970s. During the 1980s, Uchida built up a particular reputation as a Mozart interpreter -- ironic for someone who did not like Mozart's music when studying it at the Vienna Academy. She received notice for outstanding performances of the Mozart sonatas in London and Tokyo in 1982, and recorded a universally acclaimed set of the complete sonatas for Philips. Uchida also appeared as soloist and conductor with the English Chamber Orchestra in a cycle of the complete Mozart concerti during 1985-1986. She eventually recorded these for Philips as well, with the ECO conducted by Jeffery Tate. Uchida, never one to rest on her laurels, moved into different repertoire during the 1990s, winning particular notice for her Debussy and Schubert solo piano recordings and her Beethoven concerti. She has also been a champion of the music of Schoenberg, Bartók and Berg, and often seeks to draw parallels between standard repertoire works and these modern masters. Like Martha Argerich, to whom she is sometimes compared, Uchida does not record or concertize prolifically (although she does both more than Argerich). Uchida does not like to be pigeonholed, and often strikes out on her own path; for example, she and a piano technician spent two years transforming a piano into something she felt she could use for Schubert. Uchida then insisted that Philips put the technician's name on the back of the CD -- an unusual gesture. While Uchida's interpretations generally sound fresh and spontaneous, these characteristics arise from reasoned and deliberate musical choices. Far from prolific, she is always thought-provoking. Uchida currently resides in London. Read less

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Biography

Born: December 20, 1948; Tokyo, Japan  
Mitsuko Uchida, a thoughtful and iconoclastic pianist, was born in Tokyo in 1948. She began her studies in piano during childhood. Her parents, who were diplomats, moved to Austria when Uchida was 12, and she enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Music. Even at this young age, Uchida rebelled against the conventional wisdom her teachers tried to impart. She wished to exercise her own judgment in performance, and the Academy did not want to let her. Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Eintritt
2. Jäger auf der Lauer
3. Einsame Blumen
4. Verrufene Stelle
5. Freundliche Landschaft
6. Herberge
7. Vogel als Prophet
8. Jagdlied
9. Abschied
1. So rasch wie möglich - Schneller - Noch schneller
2. Andantino
3. Scherzo (Sehr rasch und markiert)
4. Rondo (Presto - Etwas langsamer - Prestissimo, quasi cadenza - Immer schneller und schneller)
1. Im ruhigen Tempo
2. Belebt, nicht zu rasch
3. Lebhaft
4. Bewegt
5. Im Anfang ruhiges, im Verlauf bewegtes Tempo
1. Allegro
2. Andantino
3. Rondeau (Presto)
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante
3. Allegro vivace assai
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 1. Pour les "cinq doigts" (d'après Monsieur Czerny)
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 2. Pour les Tierces
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 3. Pour les Quartes
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 4. Pour les Sixtes
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 5. Pour les Octaves
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 6. Pour les huit doigts
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 7. Pour les Degrés chromatiques
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 8. Pour les Agréments
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 9. Pour les Notes répétées
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 10. Pour les Sonorités opposées
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 11. Pour les Arpèges composés
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 12. Pour les Accords
1st Mvt
2nd Mvt
3rd Mvt
4th Mvt
1. Allegro
2. Romance
3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro
1. (Allegro)
2. Larghetto
3. (Allegretto)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro assai
1. Thema scherzoso con variazioni
2. Adagio
3. Rondo ritmico con introduzione
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 1. Grave - Doppio movimento
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 2. Scherzo - Più lento - Tempo I
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 3. Marche funèbre (Lento)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 - 4. Finale (Presto)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 - 2. Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 - 3. Largo
Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58 - 4. Finale (Presto non tanto)
1. Äusserst bewegt
2. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch - Intermezzo I (Sehr lebhaft) - Tempo I - Intermezzo II (Etwas bewegter) - Tempo I
3. Sehr aufgeregt
4. Sehr langsam
5. Sehr lebhaft
6. Sehr langsam
7. Sehr rasch
8. Schnell und spielend
1. Préambule
2. Pierrot
3. Arlequin
4. Valse noble
5. Eusebius
6. Florestan
7. Coquette
8a. Réplique
8b. Sphinxes
9. Papillons
10. A.S.C.H.-S.C.H.A. (Lettres dansantes)
11. Chiarina
12. Chopin
13. Estrella
14. Reconnaissance
15. Pantalon et Colombine
16. Valse allemande - Intermezzo: Paganini
17. Aveu
18. Promenade
19. Pause
20. Marche des "Davidsbündler" contre les Philistins
1. Etwas lebhaft und mit der innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto ma non troppo)
2. Lebhaft, marschmäßig (Vivace alla marcia)
3. Langsam und sehnsuchtsvoll (Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto)
1. Allegro
2. Scherzo (Assai vivace - Presto - Prestissimo - Tempo I)
3. Adagio sostenuto
4. Largo - Allegro risoluto
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.18 in D, K.576 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.18 in D, K.576 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.18 in D, K.576 - 3. Allegretto
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.1
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.2
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.3
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.4
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.5
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.6
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.15 in C, D.840 - 1. Moderato
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.15 in C, D.840 - 2. Andante
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 1. Äusserst bewegt
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 2. Sehr innig und nicht zu rasch - Intermezzo I (Sehr lebhaft) - Tempo I - Intermezzo II (Etwas bewegter) - Tempo I
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 3. Sehr aufgeregt
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 4. Sehr langsam
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 5. Sehr lebhaft
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 6. Sehr langsam
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 7. Sehr rasch
Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op.16 - 8. Schnell und spielend
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 1. Pour les "cinq doigts" (d'après Monsieur Czerny)
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 2. Pour les Tierces
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 3. Pour les Quartes
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 4. Pour les Sixtes
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 5. Pour les Octaves
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 6. Pour les huit doigts
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 7. Pour les Degrés chromatiques
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 8. Pour les Agréments
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 9. Pour les Notes répétées
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 10. Pour les Sonorités opposées
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 11. Pour les Arpèges composés
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 12. Pour les Accords
1. Vivace, ma non troppo - Adagio espressivo - Tempo I
2. Prestissimo
3. Gesangvoll, mit innigster Empfindung (Andante molto cantabile ed espressivo)
1. Moderato cantabile molto espressivo
2. Allegro molto
3. Adagio ma non troppo
4. Fuga (Allegro ma non troppo)
1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
2. Arietta (Adagio molto semplice e cantabile)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.5 in D, K.175 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.5 in D, K.175 - 2. Andante ma un poco adagio
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.5 in D, K.175 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat, K.238 - 1. Allegro aperto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat, K.238 - 2. Andante un poco adagio
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.6 in B flat, K.238 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow" - 1. Allegro aperto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow" - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 in C, K.246 "Lützow" - 3. Rondeau (Tempo di menuetto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.11 in F, K.413 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.11 in F, K.413 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.11 in F, K.413 - 3. Tempo di menuetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K.414 - 3. Rondeau (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.13 in C, K.415 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.13 in C, K.415 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.13 in C, K.415 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.9 in E flat, K.271 - "Jeunehomme" - 3. Rondeau (Presto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449 - 1. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449 - 2. Andantino
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.14 in E flat, K.449 - 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat, K.450 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat, K.450 - 2. (Andante)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.15 in B flat, K.450 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.17 in G, K.453 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Concert Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D. K.382 - 1. Allegretto grazioso
Mozart: Concert Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D. K.382 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Concert Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D. K.382 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat, K.456 - 1. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat, K.456 - 2. Andante un poco sostenuto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.18 in B flat, K.456 - 3. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. Romance
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C, K.467 - 3. Allegro vivace assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 1. Allegro vivace
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 2. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.19 in F, K.459 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482 - 3. Allegro - Andante cantabile - Tempo I
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 1. (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 3. (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K.503 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K.503 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 in C, K.503 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.16 in D, K.451 - 1. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.16 in D, K.451 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.16 in D, K.451 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro di molto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 2. (Larghetto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 3. (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.1 in C, K.279 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.1 in C, K.279 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.1 in C, K.279 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.2 in F, K.280 - 1. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.2 in F, K.280 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.2 in F, K.280 - 3. Presto
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.3 in B flat, K.281 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.3 in B flat, K.281 - 2. Andante amoroso
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.3 in B flat, K.281 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, K.282 - 1. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, K.282 - 2. Menuetto I-II
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.4 in E flat, K.282 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.5 in G, K.283 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.5 in G, K.283 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.5 in G, K.283 - 3. Presto
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.6 in D, K.284 "Dürnitz" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.6 in D, K.284 "Dürnitz" - 2. Rondeau en Polonaise (Andante)
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.6 in D, K.284 "Dürnitz" - 3. Tema con variazione
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.7 in C, K.309 - 1. Allegro con spirito
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.7 in C, K.309 - 2. Andante, un poco adagio
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.7 in C, K.309 - 3. Rondeau (Allegretto grazioso)
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310 - 2. Andante cantabile con espressione
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310 - 3. Presto
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.9 in D, K.311 - 1. Allegro con spirito
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.9 in D, K.311 - 2. Andantino con espressione
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.9 in D, K.311 - 3. Rondeau (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330 - 1. Allegro moderato
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330 - 2. Andante cantabile
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.10 in C major, K.330 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 "Alla Turca" - 1. Tema (Andante grazioso) con variazioni
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 "Alla Turca" - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 "Alla Turca" - 3. Alla turca (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.12 in F, K.332 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.12 in F, K.332 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.12 in F, K.332 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.13 in B flat, K.333 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.13 in B flat, K.333 - 2. Andante cantabile
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.13 in B flat, K.333 - 3. Allegretto grazioso
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.14 in C minor, K.457 - 1. Molto allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.14 in C minor, K.457 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.14 in C minor, K.457 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.16 in C, K.545 "Sonata facile" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.16 in C, K.545 "Sonata facile" - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.16 in C, K.545 "Sonata facile" - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.17 in B flat, K.570 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.17 in B flat, K.570 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.17 in B flat, K.570 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.18 in D, K.576 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.18 in D, K.576 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.18 in D, K.576 - 3. Allegretto
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.15 in F, K.533/494 - 1. Allegro, K.533
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.15 in F, K.533/494 - 2. Andante, K.533
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.15 in F, K.533/494 - 3. Rondo (Allegretto), K.494
1. Tema (Andante grazioso) con variazioni
2. Menuetto
3. Alla turca (Allegretto)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Allegro assai
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante cantabile con espressione
3. Presto
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 "Alla Turca" - 1. Tema (Andante grazioso) con variazioni
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 "Alla Turca" - 2. Menuetto
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.11 in A, K.331 "Alla Turca" - 3. Alla turca (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.12 in F, K.332 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.12 in F, K.332 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.12 in F, K.332 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310 - 2. Andante cantabile con espressione
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.8 in A minor, K.310 - 3. Presto
1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo
3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Molto allegro)
1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondo (Vivace)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.7 in E flat, D. 568 - 1. Allegro moderato
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.7 in E flat, D. 568 - 2. Andante molto
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.7 in E flat, D. 568 - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.7 in E flat, D. 568 - 4. Allegro moderato
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.1 in C (Moderato)
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.2 in A flat (Andantino)
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.3 in F minor (Allegro moderato)
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.4 in C sharp minor (Moderato)
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.5 in F minor (Allegro vivace)
Schubert: 6 Moments musicaux, Op.94 D.780 - No.6 in A flat (Allegretto)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.4 in A minor, D537 - 1. Allegro ma non troppo
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.4 in A minor, D537 - 2. Allegretto quasi andantino
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.4 in A minor, D537 - 3. Allegro vivace
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.1
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.2
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.3
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.4
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.5
Schubert: Six German Dances, D820 - No.6
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.13 in A, D664 - 1. Allegro moderato
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.13 in A, D664 - 2. Andante
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.13 in A, D664 - 3. Allegro


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