The Japanese musician Mitsuko Uchida (* 1948) ranks among the elite
pianists of the world. She moved to Vienna at the early age of 12 to study
at the Musikhochschule there. In the 1970s she launched her international
career which reached its first climax with her recording of Mozart's
complete sonatas. Since then Uchida has been regarded as an expert for
Mozart's piano works. She is also interested in the works of Haydn,
Schubert, Chopin, Schoenberg and Messiaen.
Here she brilliantly masters the double task of performing and conducting
Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466. Uchida, a renowned
soloist who regularly performs with the Vienna Philharmonic, New York
Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, is accompanied by the Camerata
Salzburg. The concert was recorded under Horant H. Hohlfeld's direction at
the Mozarteum in Salzburg in March 2001.