The Gilmore

Mitsuko Uchida

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Saturday, April 13, 2013
8 PM

Chenery Auditorium
Kalamazoo review

Mitsuko Uchida has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to aiding the development of young musicians and is a trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. She is co-director, with Richard Goode, of the Marlboro Music Festival. In 2009, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Last year, she was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Gold Medal, one of classical music’s highest honors.

Uchida was born in Atami, near Tokyo and moved to Vienna when she was twelve years old. She studied with Richard Hauser at the Vienna Academy of Music, and later with Wilhelm Kempff and Stefan Askenase. She gave her first Viennese recital at the Vienna Musikverein at the age of only fourteen. In 1969 she won first prize at the Beethoven Competition in Vienna, in 1970 the second prize at the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition, and in 1975 the second prize at the Leeds Piano Competition.

Performing with the world’s finest orchestras and musicians, Uchida has been the focus of a Carnegie Hall Perspectives series entitled, “Mitsuko Uchida: Vienna Revisited.” She has also been artist-in-residence at the Cleveland Orchestra, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Student/Children’s Ticket Policy
All student tickets are just $5. Student tickets are not eligible for other discounts. Young children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children five years old and under will not be admitted.

Bach Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II
Schoenberg Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19
Schumann Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), Op. 82
Schumann Sonata No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 22
Schumann Gesänge der Frühe (Songs of Dawn), Op. 133

Program Notes (PDF)



Uchida discusses her Bach, Schoenberg, and Schumann program tn a podcast recorded for London’s Southbank Centre.

Concert Details / Artist Bio

  • Helen McCauslin

    There are no word adequate to describe the power and beauty of Uchida’s playing tonight. It was magical and our very own northern lights.

    Thank you Gilmore for bringing her live to us in Kalamazoo!

  • Gunther Fonken

    Agnes & I loved the performance. The Bach was meticulously crisp and clean. The Schoenberg, unfamiliar to us, was thought-provoking. The “Waldszenen” was to die for, evoking vivid memories of my own walks in the beautiful woods of my younger years. The other 2 Schumann pieces were unfamiliar, and seemed to be a bit too much mentally disturbed, but were certainly impeccably performed. The encores were a gift. I’m guessing the first was by Scarlatti and the second by Mozart or possibly Haydn. In all, it was an evening to be remembered for a long time. Thanks you for bringing Ms. Uchida here again.

  • Robert Helman

    An absolutely superb concert. Bring her back asap! We drive over from our 2nd home along Lake Michigan due west of K’zoo–it is always well worth the trip.

  • Terry Pow

    What a delight to spend an evening with a musician of this calibre. A wonderful program delivered with compelling artistry. And thank you for the Schoenberg — sounding so “today” though written more than 100 years ago! Each fleeting movement was displayed with a jeweler’s precision. Maybe one day I’ll understand it! Thanks Gilmore for bringing Mitsuko Uchida to Michigan.

  • Robert & Christina Griffin

    Both recitals in the series (Garrick Ohlsson & Mitsuko Uchida) were outstanding. Chenery Auditorium is a gem, ideal for this kind of instrumental performance. We make a point of attending Dan Jacobson’s interesting and enlightening lectures.

  • Hans Engelke

    It was a beautiful program, different from the usual thing. And her playing is just gorgeous. I like the way she puts emphasis on the quiet, introspective moments, giving pause to absorb the inner beauty of the music. The Schumann sonata is not often heard; while definitely a technical powerhouse, is somewhat bereft of intrinsic charm, perhaps mirroring his later mental instability. But I enjoyed the wonderful contrast between periods and styles. I look forward to future programs.

  • patti huiskamp

    While probably a minority, loved the artistry/playing more than the program. Would have preferred more balance than three selections being “vignettes.” Encores were wonderful.

    ALSO: my seat squeaked with the slightest weight change…… Think that could be a quick fix to such a perfect venue.

  • Karin Forsblad

    It was truly an amazing performance! I feel very greatful for having the privilege to see and hear Ms Ushida here in Kalamazoo. Thank you!
    I was also proud of the audience. Not a sound or a cough disturbed the show.

    Karin Forsblad

    I missed the Pre-concert talk.

  • Marilyn and Arthur Feinberg

    It was an evening not to be missed!!! An awesome performance in an acoustically superb venue!! And to think it was in Kalamazoo!!! We don’t regret our move from New York!!

    Thank You GILMORE!!!

  • Elizabeth Clem

    This recital wasn’t entertainment, diversion, or fun, —about all one hopes for from many evenings out: it was an artistic experience one is lucky to have once or twice in a lifetime. Concerts like this, in a fine venue and presenting a consummate and gracious artist, are worth being born for.

    Thank you, Gilmore, for this gift.

  • Andy Schmidt

    My wife and I drove from South Bend, IN and it was totally worth it! A sublime performance of wonderful music. I’ve been a fan of Mitsuko Uchida since I first heard her on a CD of Mozart sonatas. I was thrilled to hear her play some Mozart as an encore. The Schumann was a revelation. I’ve tended to overlook him, but not anymore. Such depth and subtlety that she brought out…thank you for a great experience!

  • Wade Kapik

    It was a very beautiful experience. The Gilmore Festival has spoiled us with amazing artists for decades.

    But, I have to disagree with Karin Forsblad’s comment that “Not a sound or a cough disturbed the show.”

    The concert was the noisiest I have ever attended. From the man seated behind us munching and crunching his way through a bag of M&Ms, to the children giggling and adults coughing (or hacking, perhaps?), to the empty water bottles and caps rolling their merry way down the sloping floor to the first row, to the couple clumsily exiting from the middle of their row during one of the pieces, to the couple arriving just as the artist took the stage (and debating with the usher as to where they were going to sit). (This concert now tops my list of noisefests, replacing the Yuja Wang concert in Ann Arbor two years ago which was highlighted by two lengthy interruptions by two salsa ringtones from cell phones. It amazed me that both times the offenders sat there, either oblivious, or hoping that no one would notice as long as they sat very still. Nothing like that marred the Uchuida concert, fortunately.) I wish the pre-recorded announcer, warning about cell phones and taking illicit photos, would remind us about being considerate of others by not making unnecessary noises. And yes, as Patti Huiskamp notes, can’t Chenery Auditorium staff address those randomly placed squeaky seats?

  • Norman & Julie Lyons

    My wife and I are are still talking with friends about what a musical high we experienced at the concert in Chenary Aud-itoriam on the 13th. We are both seriously involved with music and feel fortunate to live in a city which places such a high priority on presenting such programs to the public.

    Friends who have lived in Kalamazoo, but now reside in other states, have repeatedly said that Kalamazoo is a gold mine in the highest quality music programs. They have found no other city that compares with Kalamazoo. Saturday April 13th program is a case in point.