"One of the day's reigning poets of the keyboard ... remarkable." - The New York Times

Mitsuko Uchida


Philips proudly presents a 2-CD celebration of the extraordinary artistry of exclusive recording artist, pianist Mitsuko Uchida. Uchida returns to the concert platform after a year's sabbatical with the most significant and substantial U.S. season in recent memory. 2003 represents the beginning of a two-season Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall, a residency with The Cleveland Orchestra, as well as appearances in concert and recital in Chicago, St. Paul, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Tokyo-born, raised in Vienna, and a long-time resident of London, Mitsuko Uchida has earned a formidable reputation as a pianist who brings intellectual acuity and musical insight to each performance. Particularly noted for her interpretations of Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, Uchida is also a dedicated performer of the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Debussy and Messiaen. Writer Brian Hunt comments in a new interview featured in the CD liner notes: “Mitsuko Uchida is greeted with a unique mixture of respect and affection wherever she appears throughout the world. When you read her words on the composers that matter most to her, and hear her perform their music on these CDs, you will recognize a similar combination of utter seriousness and boundless love. This is an artist immersed in music, sharing her depth of understanding in the most natural and most direct manner.”

A very personal album, all of the repertoire on “Perspectives” was chosen by Uchida. Featuring a selection of seminal performances in works with which she is most strongly identified, the new collection includes: Mozart’s Sonata in A minor, K310 and Piano Concerto No.20, K466 (with the English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Jeffrey Tate); Debussy: Études; Schumann: Carnaval, op.9; Schönberg: 6 Kleine Klavierstücke, op.19; Beethoven: Variations in C Minor; and Schubert: Impromptu, D899. The CD’s striking cover photo is a new portrait by Annie Leibovitz, recently featured in Vanity Fair’s Music Issue.

Carnegie Hall's Perspectives series is an artistic initiative in which select musicians are invited to explore their own musical individuality and create their own personal concert series through collaborations with other musicians and ensembles. Perspectives began in the 1999-2000 season, and has since presented series by pianists Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, and Peter Serkin, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, and pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. To begin her two-season Perspectives programs, Uchida explores the music of Vienna, juxtaposing works from the first great blossoming of music in that city at the time of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert with selections from the Second Viennese School of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern. Uchida is heard in three chamber music evenings in Weill Recital Hall, a solo recital, a program of Mozart concertos (conducting The Cleveland Orchestra from the piano), and an evening of conversation in the Carnegie Talks series.


Perspectives: February 3 at 8:00 PM
New York, NY, Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium)
Cleveland Orchestra / Mitsuko Uchida, Conductor and Piano
ALL-MOZART PROGRAM: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466
Serenata notturna, K.239 / Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K.467

February 6 at 8:00 PM
St. Paul, MN, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
RECITAL - Schoenberg: Drei Klavierstucke, Op. 11 / Schubert: Sonata in G Major, D. 894 /
Schumann: Fantaisie in C Major, Op. 17

February 9 at 3:00 PM
Chicago, IL, Symphony Center - RECITAL (Program same as February 6)

February 12 at 8:00 PM
Philadelphia, PA, Kimmel Center (Perelman Theater) - RECITAL (Program same as February 6)

Perspectives: February 18 at 7:30 PM
New York, NY, Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium) - RECITAL (Program same as February 6)

Perspectives: April 24 at 8:00 PM
New York, NY, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall)
Mitsuko Uchida, Piano / Christiane Oelze, Soprano / Mark Steinberg, Violin
Mozart: Violin Sonata in E minor, K.304 / Schubert: "Mignon" songs TBA
Mozart Sonata in A minor, K.310 / Berg: Seven Early Songs

Perspectives: April 28 at 8:00 PM
New York, NY, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall)
Mitsuko Uchida, Piano / Thomas Zehetmair, Violin
Schubert: Rondo in B minor, D.895, "Rondo brillant"
Zimmermann: Sonata for Solo Violin (1951) / Schoenberg: Fantasy, Op. 47
Schoenberg: Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19 / Schubert: Fantasy in C Major, D.934

Perspectives: April 30 at 7:30 PM
New York, NY, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall)
CARNEGIE TALKS: Mitsuko Uchida in conversation with Ara Guzelimian, Artistic Advisor

Perspectives: May 2 at 8:00 PM
New York, NY, Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall)
Mitsuko Uchida, Piano / Brentano String Quartet / Mark Steinberg, Violin / Serena Canin, Violin / Misha Amory, Viola / Nina Maria Lee, Cello / Marina Piccinini, Flute / Anthony McGill, Clarinet / Barbara Sukowa, Speaker
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K.414 (arranged for piano and string quartet)
Webern: Five Pieces, Op. 5 / Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21

May 8-10 at 8:00 PM
Cleveland, OH, Severance Hall
Cleveland Orchestra
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18, K. 456; Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453 / Pintscher: CHOC

May 15-17 at 8:00 PM
Cleveland, OH, Severance Hall
Cleveland Orchestra
Rossini: String Sonata No. 3 in C / Strauss: Burleske / Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6
May 22 & 24 at 8:00 PM, May 25 at 2:30 PM
Los Angeles, CA, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
LA Philharmonic, Pierre Boulez, Conductor
Janacek-Sinfonietta / Ravel: Piano Concerto in G / Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques