One of the most revered artists of our time, Mitsuko Uchida is known as a peerless interpreter of the works of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Beethoven, as well for being a devotee of the piano music of Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, and György Kurtág. She is Musical America’s 2022 Artist of the Year and a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist beginning in September 2022. Her latest recording, of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, was released to critical acclaim in April 2022.
Uchida has enjoyed close relationships over many years with the world’s most renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and, in the U.S., the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra, with whom she recently celebrated her 100th performance at Severance Hall. Conductors with whom she has worked closely have included Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Gustavo Dudamel, and Mariss Jansons. With Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in October 2022 and on tour to Japan, she begins a multi-year collaboration performing the piano concertos of Beethoven. She most recently performed with the BSO and Nelsons in November 2019.
Since 2016, Mitsuko Uchida has been an Artistic Partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom she is currently engaged on a multi-season touring project in Europe, Japan, and North America. She appears regularly in recital in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York, and Tokyo and is a frequent guest at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Salzburg Festival.
Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca. Her multi-award-winning discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. She is the recipient of two Grammy Awards—for Mozart concertos with the Cleveland Orchestra and for an album of Lieder with soprano Dorothea Röschmann—and her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won the Gramophone Award for Best Concerto. A founding member of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Director of Marlboro Music Festival, Mitsuko Uchida is a recipient of the Golden Mozart Medal from the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association. She has also been awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Wigmore Hall Medal and holds Honorary Degrees from Oxford and Cambridge universities. In 2009 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.