“For me, the violin was the greatest discovery of my life, and it has remained so to this day.”
Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon: for more than 45 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 29 works – Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, 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. Furthermore, the board of trustees of the German cancer charity “Deutsche Krebshilfe” elected her the new president of the non-profit organization in 2021. Starting in January 2022, she joins the foundation board of the Lucerne Festival. 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 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”.
In view of the corona pandemic, concert planning is still dependent on official orders to contain the virus. On July 24th, 2021 Anne-Sophie Mutter gave the world premiere of the “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2” by John Williams, which was dedicated to her. An extensive European tour with “Mutter's Virtuosi” is planned for the 2021/2022 season, during which the work “Gran Cadenza” for two violins by Unsuk Chin, commissioned by Anne-Sophie Mutter, will be premiered. The Brahms Double Concerto will be played by Anne-Sophie Mutter with Pablo Ferrández and the Czech Philharmonic, with Manfred Honeck at the podium. With André Previn's violin concerto dedicated to her, she will go on tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko. Anne-Sophie Mutter will perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto in the USA: Her musical partners are the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Davis, as well as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Muti. Chamber music programs are also planned: violin sonatas and piano trios by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart with Lambert Orkis and Maximilian Hornung; works by Beethoven, Franck and Mozart will be performed at further recitals with her long-time piano partner. On the chamber music tour with active and former scholarship holders of her foundation, she leads Beethoven's string quartet in G major, op. 18 No. 2, Haydn's string quartet in E flat major, op. 20 No. 1 and Jörg Widmann's " Study about Beethoven ", which it premiered on February 22, 2020 in Tokyo.
She has been honored as the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, most recently including the Praemium Imperiale (October 2019), Polar Music Prize (June 2019), Gloria Artis Gold Medal for cultural merit (February 2018).