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International Festival Portraits | Mitsuko Uchida

The music should be that; you should just have the pure pleasure and joy and be open to it.

- Mitsuko Uchida

Artists from the heart of the International Festival.

One of the most revered pianists Mitsuko Uchida talks about living for music and the unpredictability of performing on stage.

Mitsuko Uchida performs a recital in the Usher Hall on 21 August as part of the 2017 Edinburgh International Festival. Book your tickets now.

Watch her talk about the repertoire on our blog.


The International Festival Portraits are a series of interviews with actors, choreographers, musicians, conductors, writers and directors talking about the art that they love.

The 2017 International Festival Portraits feature Alan AyckbournAnoushka ShankarJoshua BellMartin CreedMitsuko Uchida and Zinnie Harris in a series of personal reflections on their art-form, the nature of live performance, and the unique connection they experience with an audience every time they take to the stage.

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