Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrates 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.
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 and has commissioned Jörg Widmann for a string quartet.
Ms. Mutter 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 charitable institutions provide support for scholarship recipients. Since 2011, she has toured regularly with her ensemble of fellows "Mutter Virtuosi" in North America, Asia and Europe with planned tours to South America and Australia.
The year 2017 features recitals with pianist Lambert Orkis throughout Europe and North America, including Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, and Gstaad Menuhin Festival; the premiere of John Williams' Markings written for Ms. Mutter and the Boston Symphony; the 40th Anniversary of Anne-Sophie Mutter at the Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festival celebrated by the Mutter Virtuosi in concert and a recording project of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons paired with Schubert's Trout Quintet with Daniil Trifonov and three of her Mutter Foundation fellows; and a European tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra visiting Salzburg, BBC Proms, and Lucerne Festival. She gives orchestral performances with the Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, and opens the Chicago Symphony Orchestra season with Riccardo Muti both on subscription and at a Gala.
Anne-Sophie Mutter is the recipient of the World Economic Forum's 2017 'Crystal Award' for her services to music education and young artists and is the proud holder of the Siemens Music Prize, the German Grand Order of Merit, the French Medal of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and the Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria.