Anne-Sophie Mutter has been recognized as one of the world's
greatest violinists for more than 35 years. A four-time
Grammy® Award- winner with a long standing collaboration with
Deutsche Grammophon, the violinist's pledge to the future of string
playing is evidenced by her wholehearted championship of
contemporary music. Her 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.
In addition to curating a six-concert series as Carnegie Hall's 2014-2015 Perspectives Artist, Ms. Mutter makes guest appearances with the Pittsburgh and San Francisco Symphonies, Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, London Symphony Orchestra, and tours with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, National Orchestra of Spain, New World Symphony and Cherubini Youth Orchestra. Also this season she embarks on a six-city tour with the Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio to the cities of Montreal, New York, Northridge, CA, Santa Barbara, Costa Mesa and Sonoma. The violinist joined her string ensemble, the Mutter Virtuosi, on its first North American tour to Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Naples, and Kansas City, which featured North American premieres of Sebastian Currier's Ringtone Variations and Sir Andre Previn's Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra.
Anne-Sophie Mutter has long used her public profile to support charitable causes, notably those associated with the alleviation of medical and social problems. Her benefit concerts - 62 to date - have raised funds for such organizations worldwide. 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.