ROBERT UCHIDA Violin
ESO Concertmaster Robert Uchida has been hailed for his “ravishing sound, eloquence and hypnotic intensity” (Strings magazine). He enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and educator. His performances across North America and Europe have been received with great critical acclaim.
Mr. Uchida previously served as Concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia and Associate Concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and has acted as Guest Concertmaster for the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He has worked as concertmaster with many of the world’s top conductors including Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Edo de Waart and Pinchas Zukerman.
In recent years he has been a featured soloist with several of Canada’s orchestras including the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre de la Francophonie, Ottawa Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Symphony New Brunswick. His recital and chamber music performances have included prestigious venues including Lincoln Center (New York), Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), and the Glenn Gould Studio (Toronto). He has been a guest violinist at a number of Canadian festivals and chamber music series.
An advocate of new music, Robert Uchida has worked with many composers including John Corigliano and Richard Danielpour, and has given premieres of works by Tim Brady, John Frantzen, Augusta Read-Thomas, Scott Wollschleger, and recorded the premiere of the Sonata for Solo Violin by Andrew Violette for Innova Records.
Robert has held teaching positions at Acadia University, the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, and the National Arts Centre’s Young Artist Program. He is Artistic Director of the Acadia Summer Strings Festival in Wolfville and is frequently invited to give masterclasses at schools across the country.
Mr. Uchida performs on a Lorenzo Ventapane violin made in Naples, Italy in 1820, bows by Peccatte and Sartory, and a baroque bow by Max Kasper.
In the baroque genre, Robert has worked with many historical performance specialists including Frans Brüggen, Kenneth Cooper, Jeanne Lamon and Alexander Weimann. He has frequently directed critically acclaimed performances on Symphony Nova Scotia's Baroque series.
He currently lives in Edmonton with his wife Laura Veeze and their two children.