For three decades, ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER has been one of the greatest violin virtuosos of our time. Born in Rheinfelden in the German state of Baden, the violinist launched her international career at the Lucerne Festival in 1979. A year later she performed as a soloist at the Salzburg Whitsun Concerts under the direction of Herbert von Karajan. Since then, Mutter has performed concerts in all the major music centers of Europe, the U.S., and Asia. In addition to performing traditional works she has continually treated her audiences to new and innovative repertoires, with chamber music and orchestral works presented on equal terms. She also uses her popularity for charity projects and supports the development of young, exceptionally talented musicians.
In 2008 Mutter will perform concerts in Asia, Europe, and North America. In memory of Herbert von Karajan she will play Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Seiji Ozawa during a European tour. She will also perform the Brahms Violin Sonatas together with pianist Lambert Orkis in the U.S. and Germany. She will be in charge of the musical direction of her Asian tour, during which she will play Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons together with the Trondheim Soloists as well Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Mutter will also perform Beethoven’s String Trios together with Yuri Bashmet and Lynn Harrell in Baden-Baden, Madrid, and Stuttgart.
Another U.S. tour features Bach’s Violin Concertos performed together with Camerata Salzburg under the direction of the violinist herself. The second solo part of the Double Concerto will be performed by the young violinist Vilde Frang, a scholarship recipient from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Also in 2008, Mutter will again be performing works that premiered in 2007. In Paris she will play Sofia Gubaidulina’s Violin Concerto together with the Orchestre National de France under the direction of Kurt Masur.
In London, Previn’s Concerto for Violin, Contrabass, and Orchestra will celebrate its European premiere with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the composer and with contrabassist Roman Patkoló performing. The work was created at the behest of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation.
In addition to her major tours, Mutter’s 2008 agenda includes violin concertos by Brahms and Mendelssohn as well as the Brahms Double Concerto, Beethoven’s Romances, and Henri Dutilleux’s Sur le même accord.
The honors afforded Mutter for her many recordings include the German Record Prize, the Record Academy Prize, the Grand Prix du Disque, the International Record Prize and several Grammys. On the occasion of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday Mutter recorded all of Mozart’s major compositions for violin on the Deutsche Grammophon label. These are available on both CD and DVD. She was awarded the Monde de la Musique and Record Geijutsu, both for the year 2006, for her Mozart Project.
Mutter takes special pride in performing contemporary compositions for violin. Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn, and Wolfgang Rihm have all dedicated works to her. Further premiere performances of the chamber orchestra works of Penderecki and Rihm are currently being planned.
Anne-Sophie Mutter’s recording of Gubaidulina’s Violin Concerto “In tempus präsens” with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev, as well as her recording of Bach’s Violin Concertos in A minor and E major performed with the Trondheim Soloists under the direction of the violinist herself, will be released in the summer of 2008 on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
This year the artist is establishing the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. The objective of the foundation is to further increase worldwide support for promising young musicians – a task that the violinist took on when she founded the The Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation in 1997.
Mutter also takes a special interest in the medical and social problems of our time. She regularly lends her support to these causes through charitable concerts. For example, in 2008 she will perform benefit concerts for the Berlin Philharmonic’s Orchestra Academy and for the Beethoven House in Bonn.
Anne-Sophie Mutter is this year’s recipient of the International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. She is a bearer of the Order of Merit of the German Federal Republic, First Class, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Austrian Order of Merit for Service to the Republic of Austria, and l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and she has received many other awards.