About this Artist
Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon. For 47 years, the virtuoso has been a fixture in the world’s major concert halls, making her mark as a soloist, mentor, collaborator, humanitarian, and visionary artist. A prolific recording artist with four Grammy Awards, she is equally committed to the performance of the traditional violin catalogue and to the expansion of the repertoire. To date, she has given world premieres of 31 works written for her by such distinguished composers as Thomas Adès, Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann, and John Williams.
In 2023, the year she turns 60, Ms. Mutter presents concerts that reflect both her versatility and her peerless rank in the classical music world. Numerous compositions dedicated to her fill her calendar; in many countries, these works will be programmed for the first time. At the turn of the new year, Ms. Mutter and the Mutter Virtuosi toured Iceland, the US, and Canada. Two further tours in summer took them through Europe.
In the US, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons, Ms. Mutter performed Adès’s Air—Homage to Sibelius, a work she co-commissioned and premiered at the Lucerne Festival in 2022 with the composer conducting. A European chamber music tour in May and June featured her with pianist Lambert Orkis and cellist Maximilian Hornung performing works by Brahms, Clara Schumann, Beethoven, and Currier.
Another musical focus in 2023 has been the work of John Williams. Ms. Mutter will perform his Violin Concerto No. 2 (dedicated to her) and a selection of virtuoso adaptations of film scores (created for her) in Australia, Europe, and the US—the American performances will be conducted by the composer.
To conclude her 60th birthday year, Ms. Mutter celebrates Penderecki’s 90th year performing his Violin Concerto No. 2 (dedicated to her) in Poland and Israel with the Warsaw National Philharmonic and Andrey Boreyko, and honors her long collaboration with the Pittsburgh Symphony in a filmed ‘birthday concert’ with friends Yefim Bronfman, Pablo Ferrández and Susanna Mälkki performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and with dear friend John Williams conducting some of his own compositions.
Ms. Mutter has been awarded the German Grand Order of Merit, the French Medal of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria, and an honorary doctorate from the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków. She has been recognized around the world for her contribution to the arts, culture, social causes, and leadership.
Ms. Mutter records for Deutsche Grammophon and Sony Classical, and her recordings are available on EMI Classics and Erato/Warner Classics.