Mitsuko Uchida leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra
CPA Series

Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Mitsuko Uchida, piano and director

Mark Steinberg, concertmaster and leader
Memorial Hall
March 22, 2022
7:30 PM

Tickets available starting at $39. Tickets are sold by section for the 21/22 season. Very limited $10 UNC Student tickets available with proof of UNC OneCard.

Celebrated international ensemble the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) returns to Carolina Performing Arts for an enchanting evening of Mozart and Webern, featuring pianist and director Mitsuko Uchida and concertmaster and leader Mark Steinberg.

Founded in 1997 based on the shared vision of being a free and international ensemble, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra is dedicated to creating and sharing exceptional experiences in classical music. Committed to excellence, its musicians are unafraid of taking risks. The MCO’s core repertoire, ranging from the Viennese classical and early Romantic periods to contemporary pieces and world premieres, reflects the orchestra’s agility in crossing musical boundaries.

Joining them for this performance is the legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida, who brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own quest for truth and beauty. Renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Beethoven, she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern, and Boulez for a new generation of listeners. She regularly performs with the world’s most respected orchestras—including the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Bayerischer Rundfunk, and London Symphony. This is her fifth appearance at Carolina Performing Arts.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 23 K 488
Anton Webern
Fünf Sätze (Five Movements) Op. 5
I.  Heftig bewegt
II. Sehr langsam
III. Sehr bewegt
IV. Sehr langsam
V. In zarter Bewegung
Webern Variations for Piano, Op. 27
MozartPiano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K 491

Runtime approximately 95 minutes, including intermission. Masks required at all times while inside CPA venues during the 21/22 season. For additional health and safety information and more, visit our FAQ page.

About the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was founded in 1997 based on the shared vision of being a free 
and international ensemble, dedicated to creating and sharing exceptional experiences in classical music. With 45 members spanning 20 different countries at its core, the MCO works as a nomadic collective of passionate musicians uniting for specific tours in Europe and across the world. The orchestra is constantly on the move: it has, to date, performed in over 40 countries across five continents. It is governed collectively by its management team and orchestra board; decisions are made democratically with the participation of all musicians. 

Read more about the Mahler Chamber orchestra

The MCO’s sound is characterized by the chamber music style of ensemble playing among its alert and distinct musical personalities. Committed to excellence, its musicians are unafraid of taking risks. The MCO’s core repertoire, ranging from the Viennese classical and early Romantic periods to contemporary pieces and world premieres, reflects the orchestra’s agility in crossing musical boundaries. 

The orchestra received its most significant artistic impulses from its founding mentor, Claudio Abbado, and from Conductor Laureate Daniel Harding. The MCO works closely with a network of Artistic Partners who inspire and shape the orchestra in long-term collaborations. Current MCO Artistic Partners include pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Leif Ove Andsnes, as well as violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Concertmaster Matthew Truscott leads and directs the orchestra regularly in chamber orchestra repertoire, while the MCO’s longstanding collaboration with Artistic Advisor Daniele Gatti focuses on larger symphonic works. 

MCO musicians all share a strong desire to continually deepen their engagement with audiences. This has inspired a growing number of offstage musical encounters and projects bringing music, learning and creativity to communities across the globe. Unboxing Mozart creates a convergence of music, collaborative performance and urban gaming by inviting audiences to participate in the artistic process through sound boxes. Since 2012, Feel the Music has opened the world of music to deaf and hard-of-hearing children through interactive workshops in schools and concert halls. MCO musicians are equally committed to sharing their passion and expertise with the next generation of musicians: since 2009, they have, through the MCO Academy, worked with young musicians to provide a high quality orchestral experience and a unique platform for networking and international exchange.


Pianist Mitsuko Uchida, a Japanese woman, sits at a piano. The piano's lid is open, revealing the strings connected to the keys.

Mitsuko Uchida

A deeply intelligent and sensitive pianist, Mitsuko Uchida has built up a reputation as a superlative performer of the works of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven. Her devotion to Alban Berg and Arnold Schoenberg has illuminated the piano music of these two composers and their place within the central repertoire.  

more About Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida has a long history of performing with the world’s most respected orchestras – Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerischer Rundfunk, London Symphony and London Philharmonic and recently celebrated her 100th concert with the Cleveland Orchestra. She has worked with many renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons and Gustavo Dudamel. 

Since 2016, Mitsuko Uchida is an Artistic Partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with whom she is embarking on a five-year touring project taking in venues across Europe and North America. She also appears regularly in recital in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, London, New York and Tokyo, and is a regular guest at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Salzburg Festival. 

 Mitsuko Uchida records exclusively for Decca and her extensive discography includes the complete Mozart and Schubert piano sonatas. She received a Grammy in 2011 for her recording of Mozart concerti directing the Cleveland Orchestra and in 2017 for an album of lieder with Dorothea Röschmann. Her recording of the Schoenberg Piano Concerto with Pierre Boulez and the Cleveland Orchestra won four awards, including The Gramophone Award for Best Concerto. 

A trustee of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and Director of Marlboro Music Festival, in 2015 Uchida was awarded the Golden Mozart Medal from the Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2012 and received an Honorary Degree from the University of Cambridge in 2014. 

Mitsuko Uchida was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009. 

Mark Steinberg

Mark Steinberg is first violinist and founding member of the Brentano Quartet, in existence since 1992. With the quartet he has performed extensively in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Japan, China, Korea, Israel and Colombia.

more about Mark Steinberg

The quartet is ensemble in residence at Yale University, has recorded extensively, and has won many awards, such as the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the inaugural Cleveland Quartet award and the Royal Philharmonic Society award for best debut in the UK. Steinberg has appeared often in trio and duo concerts with pianist Mitsuko Uchida.

Steinberg has been soloist with the London Philharmonia, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kansas City Camerata, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists, with conductors such as Kurt Sanderling, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. He is currently on the violin faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, and CUNY The Graduate Center. Steinberg has been on quartet competition juries at the Banff International Quartet Competition, the London Quartet Competition, and twice at the Mozart International Quartet Competition in Salzburg as well as the Naumburg Violin Competition.

He has taught often at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Aspen Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and the Taos School of Music and has given master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, the Glenn Gould School, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Britten-Pears Institute in Aldeburgh, England, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Guildhall School, the Amsterdam Conservatory, Yellow Barn, and numerous other schools. His principal violin teachers have been Louise Behrend, Josef Gingold, and Robert Mann. 

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