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Acclaimed Pianist Mitsuko Uchida Inaugurates Concert Series Honoring Rudolf Serkin

 Marlboro, Vt.—Internationally acclaimed pianist Mitsuko Uchida launches the concert series, “A Tribute to Rudolf Serkin,” in celebration of Marlboro’s newly-opened Serkin performing arts center and in honor of the man who inspired it, Rudolf Serkin. Nicknamed by critics as “the high priestess of Mozart,” Uchida will perform an all-Mozart program on Sunday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m. in Ragle Hall in Marlboro College's new Rudolf and Irene Serkin Center for the Performing Arts.

Throughout out her musical career, Uchida has emphasized the ideal balance between intellectual rigor and expression. Uchida, co-director of the Marlboro Music Festival, is especially known for her interpretation of Mozart, but she celebrates the work of many composers including Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Schönberg, Berg and Webern. She has also collaborated with contemporary masters such as Harrison Birtwistle.

“[Uchida] uses a lightness of touch and approach as if she were playing on an instrument more like what Mozart would have had, rather than its modern, sturdy descendent,” says Patsy Morita in the All Music Guide. “...the listener can easily hear Mozart the symphonist or opera composer just by the way Uchida voices and balances the music under her hands."

Currently Artist-in-Residence with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Uchida has also directed and performed Mozart concerti with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestras and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She has worked closely with Jeffrey Tate, Kurt Sanderling, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Charles Mackerraas, Mark Steinberg and tenor Ian Bostridge. Among her recordings are Debussy’s etudes, the complete Beethoven concertos with composer Kurt Sanderling, Mozart’s sonatas (which won the 1989 Gramaphone Award), Schönberg’s concertos with Pierre Boulez and Schubert’s complete sonatas. Uchida was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist Award in 2003. An active supporter of the Borletti-Butoni Trust, she is a passionate advocate for young musicians.

Uchida first began playing before the age of four, studied with Richard Hauser in Vienna, and left for the London musical scene when she was 20. She made her name with a recital series of Mozart sonatas at Wigmore Hall in London in 1982. After recording the complete Mozart piano concertos, Uchida began to diversify her repertoire. Having performed for decades, she has found that balance is needed in both music and living. “If you keep the balance right, nothing is better than a musician’s life,” Uchida says in an interview with Brian Hunt. “Sometimes I’m asked if I would pay to give concerts, and I would--but instead they pay me. Aren’t I lucky!”

Tickets are no longer available for this concert; future concerts in the series will feature pianists Richard Goode, Claude Frank and Cecile Licad. For more information, please contact Elena Sharnoff at 802-251-7644.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro has been selected as one of 40 Colleges that Change Lives. (http://www.marlboro.edu/news/promotional/change_lives.html).

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