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 thirty
countries across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific, and more
than one hundred cities and towns in the United Kingdom alone.
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, Russian National under Paavo
Berglund, Moscow Philharmonic under Fedor Glushchenko, as well as
English Chamber, National Symphony and Bavarian Radio orchestras.
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 première 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.
Her recent CD with the Philharmonia Orchestra was released by Signum Records in 2010 to coincide with her recital in Cadogan Hall. This CD was chosen as 'Presenter's Choice' by Classic FM Magazine and includes works for violin and orchestra by Joachim and Ysaye, recorded for the first time. Autumn 2011 she recorded Khachaturian Concerto Rhapsody and Liapunov Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which was also released by Signum Records in autumn 2012.
In April 2014 she recorded 18th Century Concertos with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and this will be released by Nimbus in October 2014.
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.
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.
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.