France and Romania High Honours for Anne-Sophie Mutter

11 Nov 2017 – On November 10, Anne-Sophie Mutter received two high honours in Berlin: at the French Embassy, she was presented with the insignia of a Commander of the French Order of Arts and Literature; furthermore, the Romanian Ambassador presented the violinist with the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of a Grand Officer.

The ceremonious presentation of the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of a Grand Officer to Anne-Sophie Mutter was undertaken by the Ambassador of Romania, H.E. Emil Hurezeanu – as a “symbol of high regard for the dedication and talent of her entire musical career, as well as the friendship she has shown Romania in her activities for socially disadvantaged categories”.

For almost 20 years, the world-famous violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has supported children’s homes in Romania, mainly in Orlat and Victoria. On September 9, the day after her concert with the Pittsburgh Orchestra at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest, she visited the children’s home in Victoria in order to see the local developments personally. At the end of the 1990s she had financed an annex to the institution’s building, built with the help of donations and revenue from a benefit concert. On October 28, 2008, another part of the building had been restored, using funds raised via a benefit concert, and was opened in the presence of the violinist.

Anne-Sophie Mutter has also paid for the children’s Christmas and Easter presents every year since 2007, thereby documenting how much the children have meant to her for many years now. Significantly, she always speaks of “her” children when referring to them.

<p>The Romanian Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of a Grand Officer was presented to Anne-Sophie Mutter by the Romanian Ambassador, H. E. Emil Hurezeanu (right), on November 10, 2017. On the left is the cellist Andrei Ionita, who performed during the ceremony.</p>
The Romanian Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of a Grand Officer was presented to Anne-Sophie Mutter by the Romanian Ambassador, H. E. Emil Hurezeanu (right), on November 10, 2017. On the left is the cellist Andrei Ionita, who performed during the ceremony.
<p>Manuel Valls, the former Prime Minister of France, presented the insignia of a Commander of the French Order of Arts and Literature to Anne-Sophie Mutter on November 10, 2017 at the French Embassy in Berlin.</p>
Manuel Valls, the former Prime Minister of France, presented the insignia of a Commander of the French Order of Arts and Literature to Anne-Sophie Mutter on November 10, 2017 at the French Embassy in Berlin.

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