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Celebrating 40 years in 2017
Next Competition July 2020

Ayako Uehara, 5 - 6 June

40th Anniversary National Recital Series

   

  Biography

Born in Takamatsu, Japan, Ayako Uehara became the focus of international attention after becoming the first woman and Japanese to win the First Prize in the piano division in the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, 2002 and prior to that the People’s Choice Award at the 2000 Sydney International Piano Competition.

Ayako made her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra in the 2005/06 season with Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos and returned to work with the orchestra in the next season. She also made her debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Noseda in the UK and on tour in Japan and returned to the London Symphony Orchestra in February 2008 with Vassily Petrenko. In the 2008/09 season Ayako returned to the Vienna Tonkünstlerorchestra with their Music Director, Kristjan Jarvi, for concerts in Vienna and then on tour in Japan.

Other performances with orchestras include engagements with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande at the invitation of Maestro Janowski, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with Fabio Luisi, Russian National Orchestra with Mikhail Pletnev, Toscanini Philharmonic with Lorin Maazel, a tour of Japan with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Janowski and the New Japan Philharmonic with Seiji Ozawa. In 2013 she was a soloist on the Japan tours of the Dresdner Philharmonie conducted by Michael Sanderling and received favourable reviews.

In recital Ayako tours Japan each season. In 2003 she made her London debut at Wigmore Hall and returned there in 2005. Other recitals include debuts in Italy, in Varese and Cervara, for the Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano; at the Ruhrgebiet Piano Festival (2003), the International Chopin Festival, Poland (2002, 2005 and 2010), the Dubrovnik Festival, Croatia (2003), as well as recital tours of Australia.


Sydney, and Australia as a whole, are among my favourite places in the world. Seventeen years ago, when I was not yet twenty, I received a warm welcome at the Competition in Sydney, and I had many invaluable experiences on concert tours after that. Never for a moment have I forgotten the wonderful people who I have met in different areas of Australia. I am sincerely looking forward to seeing you all again.

- Ayako Uehara

What The Media Say

  • "Uehara is clearly a performer who commands attention because of her bright, forward tone … technical command and direct, uncomplicated musical approach." - Andrew Clements, The Guardian UK May 2004

 

Repertoire

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Fantasia in D minor K.397

Robert Schumann

Fantasie in C Major Op.17

  1. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legendenton - Erstes Tempo - Adagio - Im Tempo
  2. Mässig. Durchaus energisch. - Etwas bewegter. - Viel bewegter
  3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten. - Etwas bewegter. - Nach und nach bewegter und schneller. - Adagio

Interval

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Fantasia in C minor K.475

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piano Sonata No.14 in C minor K.457

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Molto allegro

Franz Liszt

Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (from Années de Pèlerinage, Book II: Italie)

Upcoming Recitals


Melbourne

City Series Sponsor

Date: Monday 5 June
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets:
  • Adult $55
  • Concession/Friends $49
  • Students $20
  • Groups of 5+ $47
*Booking fees may vary from 0.30 cents.

Venue

St Johns Southgate
20 City Road
Melbourne VIC 3006

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Sydney

City Series Sponsor

Date: Tuesday 6 June
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets:
  • Adult $55
  • Concession/Friends $49
  • Students $20
  • Groups of 5+ $47
*Booking fees may vary from 0.30 cents.

Venue

Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre
700 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007

Parking is available at the adjacent Novotel Hotel - 5 minutes walk

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