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For more than 35 years, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has sustained a career of exceptional musicianship with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical music. Since her international debut at the Lucerne Festival in 1976, followed by a solo appearance with Herbert von Karajan at the Salzburg Whitsun Concerts, Ms. Mutter has appeared in all the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America and Asia. In addition to performing and recording the established masterpieces of the violin repertoire, Ms. Mutter is an avid champion of 20th- and 21st-century violin repertoire in both orchestral and chamber music settings. Cited by The Chicago Tribune for doing more than “any living violinist to enrich the late 20th-Century violin repertory,” Ms. Mutter has had new works composed for her by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm. She also devotes her time to numerous charity projects and supports the development of young, exceptionally talented musicians.
With concerts in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America, the year 2014 also stands for the violinist's musical versatility and her unparalleled distinction in the world of classical music. In 2014 her program will focus on: the violin concertos by Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch (No. 1), Antonin Dvorak and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. On a recital tour she will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of her collaboration with the pianist Lambert Orkis. And with "Mutter’s Virtuosi" the ensemble of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, she will be embarking on the third international tour, this time with concerts in North America.
Beginning of March 2015 she will be touring with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Andris Nelsons.
Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their musical partnership with recital concerts in Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland. At these concerts in May, August, September and December 2014, Previn's violin sonata No. 2 and Penderecki's "La Follia" for solo violin – both especially composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter – will be performed for the first time in Europe. In addition to this, Mutter and Orkis will play the Mozart sonata K. 304 as well as Beethoven's Kreutzer sonata.
In October 2013, Anne-Sophie Mutter has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences as a Foreign Honorary Member. In January, she was distinguished with the medal of the Lutoslawski Society (Warsaw). In 2012, the Atlantic Council awarded her the Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award. In 2011, she received the Brahms prize as well as the Erich-Fromm prize and the Gustav-Adolf prize for her social involvement. In 2010 the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim awarded her an honorary doctorate; in 2009 she was distinguished with the European St. Ullrichs prize as well as the Cristobal Gabarron award. In 2008, Anne-Sophie Mutter was bestowed the International Ernst von Siemens Music prize and the Leipzig Mendelssohn prize. The violinist has received the Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz [Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany], the French Order of the Legion of Honour, the Bavarian Order of Honour, the Großes Österreichisches Ehrenzeichen [Grand Austrian State Decoration of Honour] as well as numerous other awards.
On the occasion of the violinist's 35th stage anniversary, Deutsche Grammophon launched a comprehensive boxed set with all the artist's DG recordings, extensive documentation and recordings of rare items hitherto unpublished. Simultaneously, an album dedicated to the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was released with the world premiere recordings of works by Wolfgang Rihm (Lichtes Spiel and Dyade), Sebastian Currier (Time Machines) and Krzysztof Penderecki (Duo concertante): a further tribute to her high devotion to contemporary music.