Anne-Sophie Mutter has been recognized as one of the world’s greatest violinists for more than 35 years. Since her international debut at the Lucerne Festival at the age of 13, Ms. Mutter has appeared in all the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America and Asia. Her artistry embraces everything from richness of tone and consummate technical virtuosity to transcendent expression and profound musicianship. Born in the German border town of Rheinfelden, she showed signs of exceptional talent at an early age. Anne-Sophie began to study piano at the age of five and soon after received her first violin lessons. At age nine she commenced violin studies with Aïda Stucki.
In 1976 the legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan heard the 13-year-old Mutter in recital at the Lucerne Festival and subsequently engaged the young violinist to make her concerto debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at the 1977 Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Their partnership continued when Mutter made her first recording for the Deutsche Grammophon label, an album of Mozart’s Violin Concertos, in 1978. In the early years of her career, Mutter collaborated regularly with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic to create a landmark series of recordings and swiftly became an established presence at the world’s leading concert halls, a position reinforced by the critical and public response to her debuts in Berlin (1978), Washington and New York (1980), Tokyo (1981) and Moscow (1985).
Anne-Sophie Mutter has won the Grammy® Award for “Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra)” three times, as well as the Grammy® Award for “Best Chamber Music Performance” with her longtime recital partner, pianist Lambert Orkis. Mutter’s pledge to the future of string playing is evidenced by her wholehearted championship of contemporary music. Cited by The Chicago Tribune for contributing more than “any living violinist to enrich the late 20th-Century violin repertory,” Ms. Mutter’s current tally of world premiere performances includes 22 compositions with works composed for her by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm.
As Carnegie Hall’s 2014-2015 Perspectives Artist, Mutter curates a six-concert series exemplifying her commitment to the future of classical music and highlighting her relationships with some of today’s greatest conductors, orchestras and soloists. She opens the prestigious venue’s season with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic marking her first performance with the legendary orchestra in the United States. Throughout the series she will be joined by Michael Tilson Thomas and his New World Symphony, Christian Macelaru with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, pianist Lambert Orkis in recital, as well as pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Lynn Harrell as part of the Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio. The Mutter Virtuosi, an ensemble consisting of 14 former and current scholarship holders of The Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, makes its Carnegie Hall debut in the Perspectives series as part of its first North American tour. Ms. Mutter also joins these young, talented string soloists in the cities of Washington, DC, Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Naples, and Kansas City.
Throughout the 2014-2015 season, Anne-Sophie Mutter makes guest appearances with the Pittsburgh and San Francisco Symphonies, Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, London Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Philomusica, and on tour with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, National Orchestra of Spain, New World Symphony and Cherubini Youth Orchestra. In April, she embarks on a six-city tour with the Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio in the cities of Montreal, New York, Northridge, CA, Santa Barbara, Costa Mesa and Sonoma.
Anne-Sophie Mutter has long used her public profile to support and promote charitable causes, notably those associated with the alleviation of medical and social problems. Her benefit concerts – 62 to date this season – have raised funds for, among other organizations, Save the Children Japan, the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society, victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami and nuclear energy disasters and l’Association des Amis de la Maison de Solenn in Paris. Other recent benefit projects have included fundraising concerts for the Hanna and Paul Gräb Foundation’s Haus der Diakonie in Wehr-Öflingen, Artists Against Aids in the United States and a number of Romanian orphanages. Mutter’s many awards and honors reflect the nature of her humanitarian work as well as the excellence of her artistry. She received the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2008, the Légion d’honneur in 2009 for services to contemporary French music and the 2011 Erich-Fromm-Preis for the advancement of Humanism through social engagement. Additional honors include the Merit Cross 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Mendelssohn and Brahms Prizes, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize and the Bavarian Order of Merit. In 2013 Anne-Sophie Mutter was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences as a Foreign Honorary Member.