2011 - 2023 Virtuosi Tours

World Premiere of “Gran Cadenza” The Mutter Virtuosi Tour 2023

“Each member of the Virtuosi has the opportunity to perform as a soloist, for example in Unsuk Chin’s ‘Gran Cadenza’ for two violins or Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, Strings and Basso Continuo.” - Anne-Sophie Mutter

Seven concerts in Iceland, Canada and the USA await Mutter’s Virtuosi during their next concert tour in January 2023. The first performance takes place on January 27 in Reykjavík – Mutter’s first performance in Iceland since the 1980s, and a premiere for the soloists’ ensemble.

Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins in B-minor Op. 3 No. 10 RV 580 opens these concerts, followed by Unsuk Chin’s “Gran Cadenza”. The exclusive ensemble thus brings new repertoire to the concert venues it visits. Chin’s piece was given its world premiere by Mutter and Ye-Eun Choi on October 21, 2021 in Regensburg. During this tour, her partners will alternate among the seven violinists who are members of Mutter’s Virtuosi, tackling this “trillion of notes, all incredibly difficult”.

The first part of the concert ends with the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, first performed by Mutter at the 2022 Lucerne Festival. The 18th-century composer, who was also known as “le Mozart noir”, had his career stunted by the racism prevalent at the time: an issue which Mutter and her ensemble wish to give the serious consideration it deserves. The performances end with Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” – an exhilarating finale for this demanding concert programme.

The ensemble led by Mutter includes twelve string players on this tour, plus the Norwegian harpsichord player Knut Johannessen. Violinists Ryan Meehan and Elias Moncado and violist Sara Ferrández join the ensemble for the first time.

November 2023

The Mutter Virtuosi – Ensemble January 2023

Violin

  • Carla Marrero
    Carla Marrero
    Violin
  • Ryan Meehan
    Ryan Meehan
    Violin
  • Elias Moncado
    Elias Moncado
    Violin
  • Samuel Nebyu
    Samuel Nebyu
    Violin
    Since 2022
  • Mikhail Ovrutsky
    Mikhail Ovrutsky
    Violin
    2004 - 2009
  • Agata Szymczewska
    Agata Szymczewska
    Violin
  • Nancy Zhou
    Nancy Zhou
    Violin & Viola
    2008 - 2018

Viola

Violoncello

  • Margarita Balanas
    Margarita Balanas
    Violoncello
  • Lionel Martin
    Lionel Martin
    Violoncello
    Since 2017

Double Bass

  • Dominik Wagner
    Dominik Wagner
    Double Bass
    Since 2016

Harpsicord

  • Knut Johannessen
    Knut Johannessen
    Harpsichord

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