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Sunday, March 10, 2024 | 5:30 pm

Mark Padmore, tenor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano 

The Sidney & Charlton Friedberg Concert

Location: Shriver Hall

The Sidney & Charlton Friedberg Concert

“It’s difficult to avoid superlatives when writing about Mitsuko Uchida and Mark Padmore. Especially when it comes to Schubert” (New York Times). Leading experts in this music with a renowned partnership, these two superstars perform Schubert’s stirring song cycle Winterreise, a wintery journey of existential discovery. “Their rapport here seemed profound, a rare meeting of two great musical minds” (The Guardian).

“As a pairing, Uchida and Padmore are wellsprings of wisdom and sensitivity, a truly equal partnership.” – The New York Times 

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Mark Padmore

Mark Padmore was born in London and studied at King’s College, Cambridge. He has established an international career in opera, concert, and recital. His appearances in Bach Passions have gained particular notice, especially his renowned performances as Evangelist in the St. Matthew and St. John passions with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle, staged by Peter Sellars.

The current season focuses on recitals, including performances in Barcelona and Madrid with Julius Drake; Alicante with the Elias String Quartet; the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam with Till Fellner; the Théâtre de l’Athénée Paris with Julius Drake, and Schubert Winterreise with Mitsuko Uchida at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the University of California at Berkeley, and other venues.

Following a residency at Wigmore Hall in the 2021-22 season where he celebrated his relationship with pianists Till Fellner, Imogen Cooper, Mitsuko Uchida, and Paul Lewis, he returned to Wigmore Hall last season singing Vaughan Williams and Fauré with the Elias Quartet and James Baillieu. The 2022-23 season also saw him appear on stage in the title role of a new production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria conducted by Fabio Biondi, sing the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s song cycle A constant obsession with the Nash Ensemble, and give concerts with Sinfonieorchester Basel and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Padmore’s most recent appearance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden was a new production of Britten’s Death in Venice, where his performance was described as a “tour de force” and “exquisite of voice, [presenting] Aschenbach’s physical and spiritual breakdown with extraordinary detail and insight”. Other opera roles have included Captain Vere in Britten’s Billy Budd and Evangelist in a staging of St Matthew Passion for the Glyndebourne Festival and leading roles in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Corridor and The Cure at the Aldeburgh Festival.

In concert Mark performs with the world’s leading orchestras. He was Artist in Residence for the 2017-18 season with the Berlin Philharmonic and held a similar position with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2016-17. His work with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has involved projects exploring Bach’s St John and St Matthew passions without conductor attracting worldwide acclaim.

His extensive and award-winning discography includes Schumann Dichterliebe with Kristian Bezuidenhout and Schubert song cycles with Paul Lewis, both for Harmonia Mundi. Described by The New York Times as “Schubert Masters” Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida recently embarked on a series of highly acclaimed, worldwide recitals and this partnership has culminated in a recording on Decca Classics of Schubert Schwanengesang and Beethoven An die ferne Geliebte.

Padmore was Artistic Director of the St. Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall from 2012 to 2022, voted 2016 Vocalist of the Year by Musical America, and appointed CBE in the 2019 Queens’ Birthday Honours List. His website is

“a tour de force performance by tenor Mark Padmore” —The Guardian

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Mitsuko Uchida

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 is Musical America’s 2022 Artist of the Year, and a Carnegie Hall Perspectives artist across the 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 seasons. Her latest recording, of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, was released to critical acclaim earlier this year, has been nominated for a Grammy Award, and won the 2022 Gramophone Piano Award.

She 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. Her website is

"[Uchida's playing] was probing and magisterial" —The New York Times

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Winterreise, D. 911

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