Reiko Uchida, piano
Pianist Reiko Uchida is recognized as one of the finest young musicians on the scene today. First prize winner of the Joanna Hodges Piano Competition, Ms. Uchida has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, and the Santa Fe Symphony, among others. Ms. Uchida made her New York solo debut in 2001 at Carnegie’s Weill Hall under the auspices of the Abby Whiteside Foundation. She has performed solo and chamber music concerts throughout the world, including the United States, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Finland, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic, in venues including Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, the White House, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Her festival appearances include Spoleto, Tanglewood, Santa Fe, the Marlboro Music Festival and the Laurel Festival of the Arts.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Uchida was one of the first pianists selected for Chamber Music Society Two, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s program for outstanding emerging artists. She has been a recital partner for violinists Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo, cellist Sharon Robinson and clarinetist David Shifrin. She has performed the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano with Ms. Robinson and was nominated for a Grammy Award for her recital CD with Ms. Koh. She has also collaborated with the Borromeo and Tokyo String Quartets. In addition to the Laurel Trio, she is a member of the Moebius Ensemble, a group specializing in 20th century music and in residence at Columbia University.
Ms. Uchida began studying the piano at the age of four with Dorothy Hwang at the R.D. Colburn School and made her orchestral debut with the Los Angeles Repertoire Orchestra at the age of nine. As a youngster, she performed on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” and the Emmy Awards. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Claude Frank and Leon Fleisher, and a Master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music. She currently resides in New York City where she is an associate faculty member at Columbia University.