Mitsuko Uchida © Richard Avedon Mitsuko Uchida © Richard Avedon

Mitsuko Uchida


A deeply intelligent and sensitive pianist, Mitsuko Uchida has built up a reputation as a superlative performer of the works of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven. Her devotion to Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg has illuminated the piano music of these two composers and their place within the central repertoire.

Mitsuko Uchida has a long history of performing with the world’s most respected orchestras – Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerischer Rundfunk, London Symphony and London Philharmonic and recently celebrated her 100th concert with the Cleveland Orchestra. She has worked with many renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons and Gustavo Dudamel.

Since 2016, Mitsuko Uchida is an Artistic Partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom she is embarking on a five-year touring project taking in venues across Europe and North America. She also appears regularly in recital in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York and Tokyo, and is a regular guest at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Salzburg Festival.

Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca and her extensive discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. She received a Grammy in 2011 for her recording of Mozart concerti directing the Cleveland Orchestra and in 2017 for an album of lieder with Dorothea Röschmann. Her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including The Gramophone Award for Best Concerto.

A trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Director of Marlboro Music Festival, in 2015 Uchida was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal from the Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association. 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.

Mitsuko Uchida was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009.

Updated on 06 january 2020

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