About this Artist
Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon: for more than 40 years, the virtuoso has now 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 to the future of music: so far she has given world premieres of 28 works. Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann, and John Williams have all composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter. Furthermore, she dedicates herself to numerous benefit projects and to supporting tomorrow’s musical elite: in 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 the scholarship recipients, support which is tailored to the fellows’ individual needs. Since 2011, Anne-Sophie Mutter has regularly shared the spotlight on stage with her ensemble of fellows, Mutter’s Virtuosi.
Anne-Sophie Mutter’s 2020 concert calendar features performances in Asia, Europe, and North America, once again reflecting the violinist’s musical versatility and her unparalleled prominence in the world of classical music. As part of the Beethoven Year, the violinist spotlights works which make Beethoven immortal. She performs four different programs: apart from the Beethoven Violin Concerto which she combines with the Violin Romances, the Triple Concerto and the Violin Romance No. 2, Op. 50 form another focus. Another Beethoven program consists of the Violin Sonatas No. 4, Op. 23; No. 5, Op. 24 (“Spring Sonata”); and No. 9, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer Sonata”). The fourth program in the anniversary year includes the String Trio Op. 9 and the String Quartet Op. 74 (“Harp Quartet”) – in these concerts, the bridge from the avant-gardist of the 1790s to our present times is built by Jörg Widmann, whose new string quartet Studie über Beethoven was commissioned by Anne-Sophie Mutter; the work is dedicated to her and has had its world premiere in Tokyo on February 22, 2020.
In October 2019, Anne-Sophie Mutter was honored to receive the Praemium Imperiale in the music category; in June, she received the Polar Music Prize. In March 2018, Poland awarded her the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Cultural Achievements, making Anne-Sophie Mutter the first German artist to receive such an honor. In February 2018, she was named an Honorary Member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Romania awarded her the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of a Grand Officer in November 2017; during the same month, France honored her by presenting her with the insignia of a Commander of the French Order of the Arts and Literature. In December 2016, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports awarded her the “Medalla de oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes” (Gold Medal for Merits in the Fine Arts). In January 2015, Anne-Sophie Mutter was named an Honorary Fellow of Keble College at the University of Oxford. In October 2013, she became a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, after winning the medal of the Lutoslawski Society (Warsaw) in January. In 2012, the Atlantic Council bestowed the Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award upon her. In 2011, she received the Brahms Prize as well as the Erich Fromm Prize and the Gustav Adolf Prize for her social activism. In 2010, the Technical-Scientific University of Norway in Trondheim bestowed an honorary doctorate upon her; in 2009, she won the European St. Ulrich Award as well as the Cristobal Gabarron Award. In 2008, Anne-Sophie Mutter was the recipient of the International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize as well as the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize. The violinist 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 numerous other honors.