Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida is a highly respected classical pianist and conductor, renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven. Born in Tokyo in 1948, she moved to Vienna at age twelve and studied at the Vienna Academy of Music. Her international career was launched when she won the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1975.

Uchida’s style is characterized by her sensitivity, depth of understanding, and unique sense of color. She is known for her thoughtful approach to music-making, often spending many years studying a single composer to fully understand their work before performing or recording it. Her performances are noted for their intellectual depth and emotional expressiveness.

Uchida has achieved significant recognition throughout her career. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2012 and received an Honorary Degree from the University of Cambridge in 2014. In 2015, she was awarded the Praemium Imperiale by the Japan Art Association - one of the highest honors in the arts world.

She has made numerous recordings, many of which have received prestigious awards. Notably, her recordings of all Mozart's piano sonatas won the Gramophone Award; her recording of Schubert's late piano sonatas won two Gramophone Awards; and her recording of the Beethoven Piano Concertos with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra won a Grammy.


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