Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon. For more than 40 years she has 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. She began her international career at the 1976 Lucerne Festival. The following year she performed as a soloist at the Salzburg Whitsun concerts under Herbert von Karajan.
The four-time Grammy Award winner is equally committed to traditional composers as to the future of music. She has given world premieres of 27 works. Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm and John Williams have all composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter.
She also dedicates herself to numerous benefit projects and supporting tomorrow’s musical elite. In the autumn of 1997 she founded the Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, 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.
Anne-Sophie Mutter also takes a keen interest in alleviating the medical and social problems of our time. She supports various causes through regular benefit concerts. In 2017, for example, she performed a benefit concert for cancer research at the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha.
Her 2019 concert calendar features performances in Asia, Europe and North and South America. In March she gave the world premiere of Sebastian Currier’s Ghost Trio at Carnegie Hall, as well as the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s String Quartet, both of which she commissioned and are dedicated to her. In September she will appear as part of an open-air concert for the first time. The event takes place on Königsplatz in Munich and features new arrangements of works by the multi-award-winning composer John Williams, which also feature on a new CD, that will be released at the end of August.
Another focus of 2019 was Mozart’s violin concertos, which Anne-Sophie Mutter has performed throughout Europe and in the USA. Other appearances include the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Daniel Barenboim, Yo-Yo Ma and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in South America and Europe. She also appears with Mutter’s Virtuosi for the first time in South America.
Anne-Sophie Mutter has received numerous awards including four Grammies, nine Echo Klassik Awards, the German Record Prize, the Record Academy Prize, the Grand Prix du Disque and the International Record Prize. A double CD, Mutterissimo — The Art of Anne-Sophie Mutter, was released in 2016 to mark the 40th anniversary of her performing debut, featuring highlights from her multi-faceted discography, predominantly from the last two decades of her impressive career.
In December 2016 the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports awarded her the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts. In January 2015 Anne-Sophie Mutter was named an honorary fellow of Keble College, Oxford. In October 2013 she became a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2012 the Atlantic Council gave 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 commitment to social projects. In 2010 the Technical University of Norway in Trondheim awarded her an honorary doctorate. In 2009 she won the European St Ulrich Prize 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 Mendelssohn Prize in Leipzig.
In June 2019 Anne-Sophie Mutter received the Polar Music Prize and in March 2018 Poland awarded her the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for cultural achievements, making her the first German artist to receive such an honour. She has also 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 honours.