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Dame Mitsuko Uchida
Birth name Mitsuko Uchida
Born December 20, 1948 (1948-12-20) (age 61)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres Classical
Occupations musician
Instruments Piano
Years active 1973-present
Labels Philips
Website Mitsuko Uchida

Dame Mitsuko Uchida, DBE (内田光子 ?) (born 20 December 1948) is a Japanese-born British classical pianist.

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Career

Born in Atami, a seaside town close to Tokyo, Japan, Uchida moved to Vienna, Austria, with her diplomat parents when she was twelve years old, after her father was named the Japanese ambassador to Austria. She enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Music to study with Richard Hauser, and later Wilhelm Kempff and Stefan Askenase[1], and remained in Vienna to study after her father was transferred back to Japan after five years. She gave her first Viennese recital at the age of 14 at the Vienna Musikverein. She also studied with Maria Curcio, the last and favourite pupil of Artur Schnabel.[2][3]

In 1969 she won the first prize in the Beethoven Competition in Vienna and in 1970 the second prize in the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. Then, in 1975, she won second prize in the Leeds Piano Competition.[1]

She is an acclaimed interpreter of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy and Schoenberg. She has recorded all of Mozart's piano sonatas (a project that won the Gramophone Award), and concerti, the latter with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Tate. She is further noted for her recordings of Beethoven's complete piano concerti with Kurt Sanderling conducting, Beethoven's late piano sonatas, and a Schubert piano cycle. Her recording of the Debussy Études won another Gramophone Award, and so did her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto. She is distinguished as an interpreter of the works of the Second Viennese School.[4]

From 2002 to 2007 she served as artist-in-residence for the Cleveland Orchestra, where she led performances of all of Mozart's solo piano concertos. She is an Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival, along with fellow pianist Richard Goode. She is also a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, an organization established to help young artists develop and sustain international careers.[5]

Uchida currently resides in London. Her long-standing partner, Robert Cooper, currently works for the European Union in Brussels.[6]

Honours and awards

Uchida is a recipient of the 1986 Suntory Music Award.

Mitsuko Uchida was appointed Honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours. The award was honorary because she was not a British citizen.[7]

In April 2008, BBC Music Magazine presented her its Instrumentalist of the Year and Disc of the Year award.

She was promoted Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours.[8] On this occasion, the award was substantive,[9] as she is now a British citizen.

In June 2009 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music (DMus) degree by the University of Oxford during Encaenia 2009.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "Uchida, Mitsuko", Grove Music Online, 2007. Accessed June 3, 2007.
  2. ^ The Guardian, 14 April 2009
  3. ^ Telegraph, 7 April 2009
  4. ^ Hunt, Brian, "Rekindling the very grandest of passions", Daily Telegraph, 2 April 2001. Accessed 22 September 2009.
  5. ^ "About Us", Marlboro Music School and Festival Official Website, 2007. Accessed June 3, 2007.
  6. ^ Erica Jeal: "Musical moments" (The Guardian, 25 February, 2006). Accessed September 21, 2009.
  7. ^ BBC News, 30 December 2000
  8. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59090, p. 7, 13 June 2009.
  9. ^ Honorary awards are specifically listed as such, and are not usually gazetted
  10. ^ "Oxford University Gazette, 5 February 2009"

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Simple English

Dame Mitsuko Uchida, DBE (内田光子 Uchida Mitsuko?) (born Atami, Japan, December 20, 1948) is a Japanese pianist who lives in London.

Life

Mitsuko Uchida was born in Atami, a seaside town near Tokyo, Japan. When she was 12 her father became the Japanese ambassador to Austria, so the family moved to Vienna. She studied at the Vienna Academy of Music. Her teachers were Richard Hauser, and later Wilhelm Kempff and Stefan Askenase. She gave her first recital when she was 14 in the Vienna Musikverein. After five years, her father went back to Japan, but she stayed in Vienna.

In 1969 she won the first prize in the Beethoven Competition in Vienna and in 1970 the second prize in the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. Then, in 1975, she won second prize in the Leeds Piano Competition.

Her career has been very successful. She played all the Mozart Piano Concertos with the Cleveland Orchestra. She is well-known for her playing of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy and Schoenberg. Her recordings include all of Mozart's piano sonatas and concertos, and won many awards for her recordings.

Uchida now lives in London.

Uchida was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List.[1]

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