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
Mozart: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002130402   Number of Discs: 1
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Schoenberg: Piano Concerto, Etc;  Berg, Webern / Uchida
Release Date: 04/10/2001   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 468033   Number of Discs: 1
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Mitsuko Uchida Plays Schubert
Release Date: 03/15/2005   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 000410402   Number of Discs: 8
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Debussy: 12 Etudes / Mitsuko Uchida
Release Date: 07/04/2006   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 000701102   Number of Discs: 1
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 18 & 19 / Uchida, Cleveland
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002130402 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1227072 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Ludovico Einaudi,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti,  Craig Ogden,  Ji Liu,  Maarten Jansen  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Andrew Litton,  Neeme Järvi,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
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    Schumann: G Minor Sonata, Waldszenen  / Mitsuko Uchida
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001895102 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
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    Mariss Jansons Conducts Beethoven & Strauss / Uchida
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101683 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mariss Jansons Conducts Beethoven & Strauss / Uchida [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108079 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart: Great Piano Concertos / Uchida, Kocsis, Lupu, Previn, Ashkenazy, Zacharias
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2001038 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Homero Francesch,  Heidrun Holtmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Gerd Albrecht,  Marc Andreae  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  German Chamber Philharmonic  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 9 & 21 / 	Mitsuko Uchida, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001718102 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    The Debussy Edition [18-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001676372 Release Date: 05/01/2012   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Franklin Cohen,  Jean-Rodolphe Kars,  Vera Badings,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Sir Alexander Gibson,  Bernard Haitink,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The 50 Darkest Pieces Of Classical Music
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 108 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Edvard Grieg,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Ponti,  Finghin Collins,  Roland Pöntinen,  Emmy Berhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Volke Schmidt-Gertenbach,  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  James DePreist  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moyzes String Quartet,  Camerata Antonio Lucio,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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    Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Mozart
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4804964 Release Date: 10/04/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Georg Solti,  John Pritchard,  György Fischer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Live From Marlboro - Beethoven, Mozart / Uchida, Soyer, Kim
    Label: Marlboro Recording Society   Catalog: 80001 Release Date: 07/05/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Diana Cohen,  David Soyer,  Sarah Kapustin,  Mark Holloway  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 20 & 27 / Mitsuko Uchida, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001549802 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Schumann: Davidsbundlertanze, Fantasie / Mitsuko Uchida
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001508902 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4782540 Release Date: 08/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida,  Mark Steinberg
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    Mozart: Piano Sonatas Kv 330 & 333, Adagio, Gigue / Uchida
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412616 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos 23 & 24 / Mitsuko Uchida, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001327602 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Sonatas K 284 & K 570, Rondo K 485 / Uchida
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420185 Release Date: 06/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
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    Mozart, Berg: Works For 13 Wind Instruments / Boulez, Tetzlaff, Uchida, Ensemble Intercontemporain
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001224802 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Christian Tetzlaff,  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
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    Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3 / Mitsuko Uchida
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420949 Release Date: 11/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 19 - 23
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468540 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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    The Ultimate Most Relaxing Chopin In The Universe
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17740 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Peter Schmalfuss,  Vitalij Margulis,  Joanna Brzezinska,  Kveta Novotna  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi,  Libor Pesek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos K 175 & 238 / Uchida, Tate
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432082 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas No 28, 29 / Mitsuko Uchida
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000941902 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
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    Schumann: Carnaval, Kreisleriana / Uchida
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000943602 Release Date: 08/14/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos No 8 And 9 / Uchida, Tate, English CO
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000868302 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mitsuko Uchida
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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