Hideko Udagawa has performed extensively throughout the world and captivates international audiences with her artistry and enthusiasm. Critics have acclaimed her performances, commending her passionate commitment, dazzling agility and refinement of taste. As a protégée of Nathan Milstein, she has inherited the great Russian romantic tradition of violin playing. Her performances have spanned 30 countries across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, and more than 100 cities and towns in the United Kingdom alone.
Ms Udagawa made her orchestral debut in London with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Charles Mackerras, playing Bruch’s G minor concerto at the Barbican Hall. Highlights from her other engagements include performances with the Philharmonia under Leonard Slatkin, Royal Philharmonic under Paavo Jarvi, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Marek Janowski, City of Birmingham Symphony under Okko Kamu, London Mozart Players under Matthias Bamert, BIOGRAPHIES – 9 – Russian National under Paavo Berglund, Moscow Philharmonic under Fedor Glushchenko, as well as English Chamber, National Symphony and Bavarian Radio orchestras.
In addition, she has made a twelve city tour in North America with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg and tours in Japan with Warsaw Philharmonic under Kazimierz Kord and with Japan Philharmonic. She has also toured as a guest soloist with many visiting orchestras to the United Kingdom, including Berlin Symphony, Polish Chamber and Bucharest Philharmonic. Invitations to many international festivals have included the George Enescu, City of London, Norfolk & Norwich, Perth, Brno, Ankara and Assisi festivals.
In addition to live performances, Ms Udagawa has made a number of recordings which draw on her wide-ranging repertoire of over 40 concerti. She is particularly enthusiastic about discovering great unrecorded works. Her CD of works by Aram Khachaturian with the pianist Boris Berezovsky, for Koch International, includes seven world premiere recordings and her recent CD of works by Rachmaninov with the pianist Konstantin Lifschitz, for Signum Records, is the first ever collection of this popular composer’s works for violin and piano and includes previously unrecorded pieces.
Other recordings include the Bruch and Brahms Violin Concerti with London Symphony under Sir Charles Mackerras for Chandos and Glazunov’s Violin Concerto, together with other works by Tchaikovsky, Chausson, Sarasate and Saint-Säens, with London Philharmonic on Carlton Classics. She has also made recordings of Heifetz transcriptions with Pavel Gililov for ASV and violin virtuoso pieces for Toshiba-EMI.
As the great-granddaughter of one of Japan’s historically most influential prime ministers, she enjoys the international performer’s role as a cultural ambassador. Among several performances for the United Nations, she played at its 50th anniversary concerts in Vienna’s Konzerthaus and the Victoria Hall in Geneva. She has also presented a recital in Tokyo in the presence of their Imperial Highnesses, the Crown Prince and Princess of Japan.
Hideko Udagawa studied with Nathan Milstein, who was her only teacher in the West, in London and at the Juilliard School in New York. After living in Tokyo and New York, she is now making her home in London.