Everyone knows that Mitsuko Uchida, who begins a three-week residency at Symphony Center on March 9, is among the classical music world’s greatest pianists.
But did you know that she’s also a Tour de France addict, a self-professed “Sudoku freak” and prefers not to see the color red while performing onstage? Or that she owns four Steinways, which are “like human beings – all men.”
Uchida, who will perform in recital on March 9, will lead the CSO from the piano in works by Mozart and Schubert on March 13-18 and then will solo in the Schumann Piano Concerto under Riccardo Muti on March 20-22, reveals all this and more in an interview printed in the Guardian.
Note: There will be a post-concert CD signing with Mitsuko Uchida in Grainger Ballroom after the March 14 matinee.
MORE: A video interview with Uchida, conducted in February 2014 at the Berlin Philharmonic (in German, with English subtitles).