Universal Music CEO Frank Briegmann praises the artist during a speech Anne-Sophie Mutter presented with Polar Music Prize award by the King of Sweden

12 Jun 2019 – Yesterday evening, international star and violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter was awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize. The prize was presented to her by Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden. Prior to receiving the award, Frank Briegmann, CEO & President UNIVERSAL MUSIC Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon, praised the exceptional musician in a speech.

Anne-Sophie Mutter is one of the most popular and successful violinists of our era. In its statement, the jury described her as the ‘queen of the violin’ and singled out her passion and her courage as a musical ‘storyteller’. These qualities are evident in Anne-Sophie Mutter’s new album, Across the Stars, on which she, together with the five-time Oscar winner, composer and conductor John Williams, revisits and reinterprets some of his greatest ever film scores.

Founded by ABBA manager Stig Andersson through an endowment to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, the Polar Music Prize has been awarded annually since 1992. A jury is responsible for selecting the winner. The list of previous recipients is awash with global stars, including Bob Dylan, Elton JohnKeith JarrettMetallicaPaul McCartneyStingNikolaus Harnoncourt and Pierre Boulez.

Frank Briegmann, CEO & President UNIVERSAL MUSIC Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon, said in his speech: “Anne-Sophie Mutter isn’t just one of the most gifted violinists of our time; she’s also one of the boldest artists on the classical music scene. She continuously strives to achieve more and is always open to new ideas – the more daring, the better. She puts her all into every performance and every work. Everyone at Deutsche Grammophon and Universal Music is proud and delighted to have supported Anne-Sophie Mutter since the very start of her career – and we are devoted to supporting her for a long time to come. Congratulations on winning the Polar Music Prize, Anne-Sophie Mutter!”

<p>Stockholm, June 11 2019: Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, presents the Polar Music Prize to Anne-Sophie Mutter. Photo: Annika Berglund © Polar Music Prize</p>
Stockholm, June 11 2019: Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, presents the Polar Music Prize to Anne-Sophie Mutter. Photo: Annika Berglund © Polar Music Prize
<p>From the left: Frank Briegmann, CEO & President Universal Music Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon; Prince Carl-Philip; Princess Sofia; Grandmaster Flash; DJ Maseo; Whitney Kroenke, The Playing for Change Foundation; King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden; Queen Silvia of Sweden; Anne-Sophie Mutter; Mark Johnson, The Playing for Change Foundation; Crown Princess Victoria; Prince Daniel; Ahmad and Mary Sarmast, Founder and Director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Photo: Annika Berglund © Polar Music Prize</p>
From the left: Frank Briegmann, CEO & President Universal Music Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon; Prince Carl-Philip; Princess Sofia; Grandmaster Flash; DJ Maseo; Whitney Kroenke, The Playing for Change Foundation; King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden; Queen Silvia of Sweden; Anne-Sophie Mutter; Mark Johnson, The Playing for Change Foundation; Crown Princess Victoria; Prince Daniel; Ahmad and Mary Sarmast, Founder and Director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Photo: Annika Berglund © Polar Music Prize
Anne-Sophie Mutter receives the Polar Music Prize 2019

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