Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Jonathan Biss, piano
Union College


Sunday, April 7, 2024 - 3:00 PM


Uchida’s performance of Beethoven’s late sonatas in February 2023 was one of the highlights of the last ten years. The illustrious pianist returns with her co-director of the legendary Marlboro Festival.

Lebensstürme, D. 947
E-flat minor March, D. 819
A-major Rondo, D. 951
Divertissement à la hongroise, D. 818

Sponsored by Thomas C. & Joanne Dunne Murphy


Union College
Memorial Chapel
Schenectady, NY

General Admission seating – doors open 45 minutes before concert.
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One of the most revered artists of our time, Mitsuko Uchida is known as a peerless interpreter of the works of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Beethoven, as well for being a devotee of the piano music of Alban Berg, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, and György Kurtág. She was Musical America’s 2022 Artist of the Year in 2022, is Music Director of the 2024 Ojai Music Festival, and is a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist across the 2022/3, 2023/4, and 2024/5 seasons.  Her latest solo recording, of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, was released to critical acclaim in 2022, was nominated for a Grammy® Award, and won the 2022 Gramophone Piano Award.

Mitsuko Uchida has enjoyed close relationships over many years with the world’s most renowned orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and – in the US – the Chicago Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra, with whom she recently celebrated her 100th performance at Severance Hall. Conductors with whom she has worked closely have included Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel, and Mariss Jansons.

Since 2016, Mitsuko Uchida has been an Artistic Partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom she is currently engaged on a multi-season touring project in Europe, Japan and North America. She also appears regularly in recital in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York and Tokyo, and is a frequent guest at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Salzburg Festival.

Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca, and her multi-award-winning discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. She is the recipient of two Grammy® Awards – for Mozart Concertos with The Cleveland Orchestra, and for an album of Lieder with Dorothea Röschmann – and her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won the Gramophone Award for Best Concerto.

A founding member of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Director of Marlboro Music Festival, Mitsuko Uchida is a recipient of the Golden Mozart Medal from the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association. She has also been awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Wigmore Hall Medal and holds Honorary Degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. In 2009, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Jonathan Biss is a world renowned pianist who channels his deep musical curiosity into performances and projects in the concert hall and beyond. In addition to performing with leading orchestras, he continues to expand his reputation as a teacher, musical thinker, and one of the great Beethoven interpreters of our time. He is Co-Artistic Director alongside Mitsuko Uchida at the Marlboro Music Festival, where he has spent fourteen summers. He also led a popular online course via Coursera, which has reached more than 150,000 people from nearly every country. He has written extensively about the music he plays and has authored four audio- and e-books, including UNQUIET: My Life with Beethoven, the first Audible Original by a classical musician.

This season Biss performs solo recitals in New York presented by the People’s Symphony Concerts, and with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; Beethoven trios with violinist Midori and cellist Antoine Lederlin in Cologne, Engardin, Hamburg, London, and Tokyo; and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Atlanta Symphony, Budapest Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He continues his ongoing Beethoven/5 commissioning project, performing Brett Dean’s Gneixendorfer Musik– Eine Winterreise in its U.S. premiere with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as with the Melbourne Symphony.

Growing up surrounded by music, Biss began playing the piano at age six and went on to study with Evelyne Brancart at Indiana University and Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute of Music. He has been recognized with numerous honors, including Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He was an artist-in-residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today and the first American chosen to be a BBC New Generation Artist. He is also on the piano faculty of the New England Conservatory.