In 2016 Mitsuko Uchida is embarking on a close partnership with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. As an Artistic Partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mitsuko Uchida will be touring extensively in major venues in Europe and Japan, directing Mozart piano concerti from the keyboard.
Mitsuko Uchida was a lifelong musical partner of Pierre Boulez. Their recording of the Schoenberg piano concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra won several awards including a Gramophone award.
"Pierre Boulez was possibly the greatest musician of the second half of the 20th century. He was a supreme composer, a great conductor and a thinker. His influence was so wide reaching that it is difficult to think that he is not with us anymore.
I personally have wonderful memories of concerts with him in the past twenty years encompassing composers from Mozart through Ravel, Messiaen, Schoenberg, Berg and Birtwistle.
He was convincing, clear, honest and kind. He was a giant. I shall miss him so much."