Katharina Uhde and Michael Uhde

January 20, 2020, 8:00 pm

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Violinist Katharina Uhde and pianist Michael Uhde present a program entitled Re-discovering Joseph Joachim on this Live From WFMT.

Katharina Uhde, Assistant Professor of Music at Valparaiso University, is an internationally acclaimed violinist and musicologist. She is the author of The Music of Joseph Joachim(Boydell & Brewer, 2018). She holds a DMA degree from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Musicology from Duke University. As a soloist, quartet and piano trio member she has won first prizes in international competitions in Czech Republic and Germany. She has also won the 2004 Concerto Competition of the University of Michigan, where she studied with support of a Fulbright grant. She has released a CD Brasilianische Kammermusik and several online videos with world-renowned pianist Bruno Canino, with whom she performed the Beethoven cycle in 2017. Uhde just recorded a full-length CD with virtuoso works for violin and orchestra by Joseph Joachim, with the acclaimed Polish Radio Orchestra Warsaw. This CD was generously supported by Valparaiso University (VU music department; the Provost’s Office, and the Office of International Programming). Uhde has also just released a Bärenreiter edition with works by Joachim, which she has also performed with orchestra in Ann Arbor (2018), Valparaiso, IN (2018), China (May 2019), and in Warsaw (October 2019). The premiere of two newly rediscovered Fantasies on Hungarian and Irish Themes by Joachim took place on July 12, 2019 in Baden-Baden, with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Goettinger Musikfreunde Orchestra, the Marburg University Orchestra, the UFRN Orchestra Natal, and the Belgrade University Orchestra. As a violin soloist, she has worked with conductors Kenneth Kiesler, Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach, Dennis-Friesen Carper, and Pavel Baleff.

Uhde’s musicological articles, book chapters, and reviews have been published with Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. Uhde is co-organizing a bi-lingual conference in April 2020, Joseph Joachim: Identitäten/Identities (Karlsruhe, Germany), for which she received funding from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation. Upcoming events include: “Live at WFMT” Chicago (January 2020), and more performances of Joachim’s rediscovered fantasies with orchestra (May 2020). Uhde regularly presents at conferences and gives 30 or so concerts and lecture recitals per year. Uhde is currently working on a monograph about the musical cipher; her co-author is R. Larry Todd, with whom she also regularly shares the stage.

Biography courtesy of Valparaiso University.

  • Fantasy on Irish Themes, by Joseph Joachim

  • Notturno Op. 12, by Joseph Joachim

  • Romance Op. 2, by Joseph Joachim

  • Fantasy on Hungarian Themes, by Joseph Joachim