Mitsuko Uchida-the Great Japanese Classical Pianist
Mitsuko Uchida is one of the great classical Japanese pianists who just won the Grammy Award in 2011.
The world's " high priestess of Mozart and one of the "supreme Schubert pianists" is the title Mitsuko Uchida has in the classical music world.
She was born the 20th of December in 1948, in Atami, Shizuoka prefecture the same prefecture where the Mt.Fuji is, and has been living in London since 1973.
As her father was a diplomat, the family moved to Vienna at the age 12, where she started studying at the prestigious Vienna Academy of Music under Richard Hanser.
At the age 14, she had her first concert at the Vienna Musikverein. the life as a great classical pianist began to bloom.
The father's term in Vienna ended and the family was going back to Japan but young Uchida had decided to stay in Vienna to continue her study. In 1969, the Japanese pianist won first prize at Vienna's Beethoven Competition, then in 1970, won second prize at Warsaw's Chopin Competition.
Despite of the splendid achievement Uchida felt suffocating with the tradition and restriction in the classic music world in Austria. Mitsuko Uchida moved to London in 1973 for freedom and more creative impulses. There, she could concentrate on her own self-directed and liberating explorations into music – into Morzart.
In the mid 70's she studied everything about Morzart; his work and the culture in that period by herself to understand hidden complexities of Mozart's music and his distinguished talent.
In 1982, this great Japanese classical pianist came back with 20 piano sonatas at Wigmere Hall in London. Mozart played by Mitsuko Uchida was nothing like any other classical pianists; it was so passionated, intelligent and insightful.
Since then Mitsuko Uchida has been performing with the world's finest musicians and orchestras such as Artist-in-Residence at the Cleveland Orchestra, her own chamber music Perspective Series at Carnegie Hall, Kurt Sanderling, Jeffrey Tato, and most recently, Ian Bostridge with whom the great classical pianist recorded Schubert's song-cycle Die Schöne Müllerin.
In June 2009, this great Japanese classical pianist was mde a DBE (Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire).
In the private life, she is based in London with her partner Robert Cooper who is a high-ranking European diplomatic official and advisor.
Mitsuko Uchida is not only a great classical pianist but also a great conductor of the orchestra while she is playing the piano. Impressive.