Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis Poland honours Anne-Sophie Mutter

19 Mar 2018 – Anne-Sophie Mutter received the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis from Poland's Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Glinski. The ceremony was held at the Polish Culture Ministry's seat in Warsaw on March 18.

"Her activity in the area of Polish-German cultural relations, but not only, cannot be overestimated," Glinski emphasised. In his opinion, these are merits greater than many politicians have, "because this is a true understanding for Polish history and for a specific Polish-German relationship," he said.

The violinist said she was deeply honoured to receive the medal. "Since my very first concert in Poland – as a German citizen –, I have been plagued by a deep sense of shame – despite the warm-hearted reception which music-loving audiences in Poland have accorded me for decades," the artist noted.

Referring to Mutter's words about her feeling of shame, Glinski said that "these are great words, these are words that basically do not require any comment, and we are grateful to her for being honest and for being friend of Poland“.

The event was attended by German Ambassador to Poland Rolf Nikel with his wife and one of the most famous Polish contemporary composers, Krzysztof Penderecki with his wife Elzbieta Penderecka.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter received the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis from Poland's Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Glinski. The ceremony was held at the Polish Culture Ministry's seat in Warsaw on March 18. Photo: Bruno Fidrych / Plasterstudio

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