MITSUKO UCHIDA's interpretations of a wide range of repertoire have gained her a formidable reputation as a pianist who brings intellectual acuity and musical insight to her performances. She is particularly noted for her interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, but is also a dedicated performer of the music of Berg, Webern, Schoenberg, Debussy, and Messiaen.
In 2002 Mitsuko Uchida became Artist in Residence at the Cleveland Orchestra, initiating a long-running project in which she directs from the keyboard all of Mozart's piano concertos. In recent seasons, Uchida has directed two Mozart concertos with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and given solo recitals at the Hamburg Musikhalle, Vienna Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Royal Festival Hall in London.
In 2004/2005 Uchida gives all-Beethoven sonata recitals at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Koln Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and Suntory Hall Tokyo. In addition to her appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she performs the Beethoven concerto cycle with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and Philharmonic orchestras. She continues the Mozart concerto cycle with the Cleveland Orchestra and performs Bartok's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim.
An exclusive Philips recording artist, Uchida has recorded all of Mozart's piano sonatas and concertos. Other recordings include the complete Beethoven concertos, works by Debussy, Chopin, and Schumann, and a Schubert piano sonata series. Her 2001 recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra and Pierre Boulez has won four awards, including a Gramophone Award for the best concerto recording.
Dedicated to the development of young musicians, Uchida is a trustee and active supporter of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She is also co-director, with Richard Goode, of the Marlboro Music Festival.