Anne-Sophie Mutter

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Anne-Sophie Mutter (born June 29, 1963) is a German violinist.

Anne-Sophie Mutter
Anne-Sophie Mutter 2013
Anne-Sophie Mutter 2013
Background information
BornJune 29, 1963
Rheinfelden, Germany
Years active1976- Present
LabelsDeutsche Grammophon

Biography[change | change source]

Mutter was born in Rheinfelden, Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany, a town very close to Switzerland. She started to play the piano at five and learned the violin soon after. Eventually, she took up studies and violin lessons at the Winterthur Conservatory in Switzerland.

Mutter's abilities as a violinist began to be recognized. Herbert von Karajan, the conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, helped Mutter to establish her career as a violin soloist. At age 13, Mutter made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic.[1]

Mutter has performed in many concert halls around the world.[2] She performs both traditional classical works and contemporary music.

Several contemporary composers, including Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Williams have composed works for her.

Mutter's repertoire includes both classical works and contemporary music. Mutter's discography includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelsohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bartok, Vivaldi, Schubert, and others.

Recently, Mutter has collaborated and toured with John Williams, performing music he composed particularly for her and his film scores.

Instruments[change | change source]

Mutter owns and plays two Stradivarius violins: the Emiliani of 1703 and the Lord Dunn-Raven Stradivarius of 1710.[3][4] Her other violins include a Finnigan-Klaembt dated 1999 and a Regazzi dated 2005.

Awards and Recognition (selection)[change | change source]

  • Polar Music Prize (2019)
  • Praemium Imperiale (2019)
  • Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance:
    • Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis for Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas (Nos. 1–3, Op. 12; Nos. 1–3, Op. 30; "Spring" Sonata) (2000)
  • Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra):

Recordings[change | change source]

Mutter primarily records with Deutsche Grammophon, from which about 50 CDs have been released.

References[change | change source]

  1. Philharmoniker, Berliner. "Anne-Sophie Mutter | Berliner Philharmoniker". Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  2. "Timeline - Anne-Sophie Mutter". (in German). Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  3. "Anne-Sophie Mutter Stamets". Tampa Bay Times. 1990-05-06. p. 71. Retrieved 2022-06-03.
  4. "Anne-Sophie Mutter Tallahassee 1". Tallahassee Democrat. 2017-04-03. pp. A1. Retrieved 2022-06-03.