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Mitsuko Uchida

The Uchida family acquired an upright piano in 1950 and Mitsuko, the youngest of three children, began piano lessons at the age of three. Ten years later, when she was twelve, her father was appointed ambassador to Austria. The family moved to Vienna where Uchida studied piano with Richard Hauser at the Hochschule für Musik. She made her debut at the age of fourteen with a recital in the Brahmssaal of the Musikverein, but her father made sure that she did not play much in public as a child. After completion of her studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Uchida won the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, and gained second place in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. In the early 1970s she attended courses given by Stefan Askenase, Wilhelm Kempff and Nikita Magaloff.

In 1972 Uchida decided to move to London, where she continues to reside. In 1975 she won second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition and, as with many performers who have gradually built and sustained a career, Uchida slowly gained a loyal and enthusiastic following. It was in 1982, however, that she came to international prominence when she performed a cycle of the Mozart piano sonatas in London.



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