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Anne-Sophie Mutter: Bio

Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon: for 40 years the virtuoso has now been a fixture on the international stages of the world's major concert halls, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor and visionary. The year 2017 marks the 40-year anniversary of her debut as a soloist at the Salzburg Whitsun Concerts under Herbert von Karajan's baton, which took place when she was 13, on May 28, 1977.

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 25 works – Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm 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 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".

CONCERTS IN 2017 - The year 2017, featuring concerts in Europe in North America, reflects the violinist's musical versatility and illustrates her unparalleled rank in the world of classical music. At the Tanglewood Festival, she performs the world premiere of John Williams' work Markings for solo violin, strings and harp. She also appears at the Salzburg Whitsun and Summer Festivals, at the Lucerne Summer Festival and La Scala in Milan, as well as performing with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Together with "Mutter's Virtuosi" and the exceptional pianist Daniil Trifonov, she performs the Trout Quintet as well as The Four Seasons. Together with her long-standing duo partner Lambert Orkis, she gives recitals in Europe and in North America.

AWARDS - 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 Honour, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, and numerous other honors.

1 Penderecki: La Follia for violin solo / Andante  
2 Var. I Tempo I  
3 Var. II Allegro giocoso alla polacca  
4 Var. III Adagio, ma non troppo  
5 Var. IV Tempo I  
6 Var. V Allegro con brio  
7 Var. VI Tempo I  
8 Var. VII Allegretto  
9 Var. VIII Adagio tanquillo  
10 Var. IX Tempo I - piu mosso - poco pesante - Tempo I  
11 Duo Concertante for violin and double-bass  
12 Penderecki: Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano / Larghetto  
13 Allegretto scherzando  
14 Notturno - Adagio  
15 Allegro  
16 Andante  
17 Penderecki: Metamorphosen, Violin Concerto No. 2 / Allegro ma non troppo  
18 Allegretto  
19 Molto  
20 Vivace  
21 Scherzando  
22 Andante con moto  
Anne-Sophie Mutter - Hommage ? Penderecki (Teaser)
Anne-Sophie Mutter - Hommage ? Penderecki (Interview 2 ? About "La Follia")
Anne-Sophie Mutter Documentary: A Portrait, clip
Anne Sophie-Mutter, accompanied by Sir Andre Previn, on Late Show with David Letterman

Ahead of the composer's 85th birthday this fall, Deutsche Grammophon release a double album of works for the violin by Krzysztof Penderecki in celebration of his longtime collaboration with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Performed by Mutter, the double album features a number of the composer's works for violin and piano or violin and orchestra, including La Follia, Duo concertante, Sonata No. 2 (dedicated to Mutter and a world premiere recording), and Metamorphosen.