Ayako Uehara Piano “Following her excellent Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky CD, the young Japanese pianist drops a star in this Prokofiev recital. For crisp fingerwork and genuine feelings she’s still supreme… The Visions Fugitives come off the best: darting poetic miniatures, dispatched with delicacy and panache. The Times, 25 April 2008, Geoff Brown (Prokofiev - EMI Classics) Born in 1980, in Takamatsu, Japan, Ayako Uehara became the focus of international attention after winning the first prize in the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, 2002.
This season, Ayako made her recital debuts in Copenhagen and at the Tonhalle, Zurich as well as returning to the Suntory Hall to close her Japanese tour. Since making her debut with the LSO in 2005/06 season with Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Ayako has returned to work with the orchestra each season and this season performed with Vassily Petrenko. She made a successful debut with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra / Noseda in the UK and on tour in Japan .