Mitsuko Uchida: I play 55 times a year, never moremain
From a revealing 70th birthday interview with the gently persistent Fiona Maddocks:
‘I am not an obsessive performer. My absolute maximum number of concerts is 55 a year. That’s tiny compared to most, who play at least 100, even as many as 140. That’s madness for me. I couldn’t handle it. I remember Elena Bashkirova, Daniel Barenboim’s wife, saying that for Daniel, a day without a concert is punishment. For me, a day without a concert means I can breathe freely.’
The clock on the table has moved past the allotted hour. We speed up. Can she enjoy concerts?
‘Yes, absolutely. And I can listen to music too, without feeling under pressure that I ought to be working.’
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