In 2017 Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrated 40 years as a violin virtuoso and musical phenomenon, which began with her debuts in recital at the 1976 Lucerne Festival and as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan at the 1977 Salzburg Whitsun Concert. In four decades she has become one of the leading international artists in the world’s major concert halls, serving not only as soloist, but as a visionary in supporting composers and mentoring young string players.
Having recently finished a summer in which she recorded Vivaldi Four Seasons with her Mutter Virtuosi and the Schubert Trout Quintet with Daniil Trifonov and three of the young fellows of her Foundation, and performed at the festivals of Tanglewood, Salzburg and Lucerne, her calendar has been filled with performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Boston Symphony, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony London Philharmonic and London Symphony.
Ms. Mutter opens the 2017-18 season at the Chicago Symphony Gala with Riccardo Muti and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 (Turkish) and in subscription concerts featuring Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and also performs at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra season opening gala with music director JoAnn Falletta. She returns to perform with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo.
Her US and European recitals with long-time partner Lambert Orkis feature Penderecki’s Duo concertante with contrabassist Roman Patkoló and Sir André Previn’s The Fifth Season for violin and piano, whose world premiere takes place in March 2018 at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.
The four-time Grammy® Award winner is fully committed both to the performance of traditional composers and to the future of music: so far she has given the world premieres of 24 works by composers including Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm.
Furthermore, she dedicates herself to numerous benefit projects and to supporting tomorrow’s emerging artists. In the autumn of 1997 she founded the “Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation e.V.”, to which the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation was added in 2008. These two charitable institutions provide support for scholarship recipients. Since 2011, Anne-Sophie Mutter has regularly appeared with her ensemble of fellows “Mutter Virtuosi”.
Anne-Sophie Mutter has been awarded the 2017 ‘Crystal Award’ by the World Economic Forum for her services to music education and young artists. She is the proud holder of the Siemens Music Prize, the German Grand Order of Merit, the French Medal of the Legion of Honour, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, and numerous other honors.