Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon: for 46 years, the virtuoso has been a fixture in all the world’s major concert halls, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor and visionary.
The four-time Grammy Award winner is equally committed to the performance of traditional composers as she is to the future of music; so far she has given world premieres of 30 works. Composers Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann and John Williams have all composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter. She dedicates herself to supporting tomorrow’s musical elite and numerous benefit projects.
With Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, she has played four benefit concerts so far for its victims, and more events are to follow.
Her concert calendar for 2022 once again reflects the musical versatility of the violinist and her outstanding position in the classical music world. At the Lucerne Festival, she will give the world premiere of the Air for Violin and Orchestra by Thomas Adès, which she co- commissioned. She is performing the violin concerto Anne-Sophie, which André Previn dedicated to her, in several German cities. In the United States, Mutter plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Another musical focus is on John Williams’ oeuvre; Mutter performs his Violin Concerto No. 2, of which she is the dedicatee, and a selection of the virtuoso adaptations of film scores Williams created especially for her.
The Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow awarded Mutter an honorary doctorate in March 2022. She has received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize and the Polar Music Prize, among others. She holds the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit and the Grand Decoration of Honor of Austria; since 2021, she has been president of German Cancer Aid.