4 May 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm West Road Concert Hall


We regret to say that due to illness this event has had to be postponed. Further information will be available shortly.

Free, seating unreserved.  It is not possible to book seats in advance, and admission will be on a first-come basis. 

Mitsuko Uchida is the holder of the Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Chamber Music with two events during the academic year 2015–16.

Following on from her performance and discussion of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations last November, Mitsuko Uchida returns to Cambridge on Wednesday 4 May to deliver the final lecture in her role as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Chamber Music.

As with her earlier visit, this two part illustrated lecture will explore significant landmark works for the pianist.   In the first half she will compare and contrast piano concertos by the two great classical composers of the genre.  Mozart and Beethoven’s works in this form are frequently compared, particularly Mozart’s C minor work K491 and Beethoven’s Third in C minor.  Mitsuko will draw on this, as well as, for example, the links and differences between Mozart in C major K501 and Beethoven’s Fourth in G major.

In the second half of her lecture she will discuss keys and music on a broader scale;   how diatonic music has evolved from Mozart to Webern, and into our popular culture.   What is it that makes diatonicism so prevalent in music, from the classics to the present day?  

Legendary pianist Mitsuko Uchida brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own quest for truth and beauty.  Renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven, she has also illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners.

The Humanitas Chair in Chamber Music has been made possible by the generous support of Mr Lawrence Saper.


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About the Professorship

The Humanitas Visiting Professorship in Chamber Music has been made possible by the generous support of Mr Lawrence Saper and the sponsorship of the Weidenfeld-Hoffman Trust who sponsor the Humanitas events in Cambridge.

The Humanitas Chair in Chamber Music will bring world-renowned performers to Cambridge to share insights into the character as well as the challenges of musical performance, explaining not only their own approach to a range of musical masterpieces but also the consequences for listeners of their interpretative choices. These 'behind the scene' observations will be complemented by actual performances, whether in masterclasses, open rehearsals, lecture-recitals or concerts.

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professors in Chamber Music

2014-15: Murray Perahia (pianist)
2013-14: Angela Hewitt (pianist)
2012-13: Robert Levin (pianist and conductor)
2010-11: Alfred Brendel (pianist, music critic, poet and painter)

Standing Committee

John Rink (Music; AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice)
Nicholas Cook (Music)   
Iain Fenlon (Music)
Martin Ennis (Music)
Edward Wickham (St Catharine’s College; Music)    
David Mawson (AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice)
George Unsworth (West Road Concert Hall)

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