A biographical timeline

2024 A biographical timeline

Anne-Sophie Mutter is a musical phenomenon: for 48 years the virtuoso has now 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. The four-time Grammy® Award winner is equally committed to the performance of traditional composers as to the future of music.

So far she has given world premieres of 31 works – Thomas Adès, Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann and John Williams have all composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter. She dedicates herself to supporting tomorrow’s musical elite and numerous benefit projects. Furthermore, the board of trustees of the German cancer charity “Deutsche Krebshilfe” elected her the new president of the non-profit organization in 2021. Since January 2022, she joins the foundation board of the Lucerne Festival. In the autumn of 1997 she founded the “Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation e.V.”, 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”.

Concerts in 2024

Anne-Sophie Mutter’s concert calendar in 2024 features performances in Asia, Europe and North America, once again reflecting the musical versatility of the violinist and her unprecedented standing in the world of classical music. Numerous compositions dedicated to her will be part of these concerts; in many countries, they will be performed for the first time.

At the beginning of the year, Mutter gives the British premiere of the Violin Concerto No. 2, which John Williams dedicated to her, as well as the Hollywood legend’s film scores in London. Her musical partners are the London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Jonathon Hayward.

At the end of January, concerts in Los Angeles follow, where she will play the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Pablo Ferrández, a fellow of her Foundation, as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel’s baton.

She appears at the Mozart Week in Salzburg with two programmes: the Sinfonie Concertante will be performed with violist Michael Barenboim; Lahav Shani conducts the Vienna Philharmonic. For the four Piano Trios, she joins forces with pianist Lauma Skride and cellist Maximilian Hornung, an alumnus of her Foundation.

In March, Mutter tours Asia, where she rings in the 36th year of her musical collaboration with pianist Lambert Orkis. The programme includes works by Mozart, Respighi, Schubert and Clara Schumann. The two exceptional musicians will also perform this programme in Europe during the second half of the year.

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Witold Lutosławski’s death, in Warsaw Mutter will perform the orchestral version of the Partita, a work dedicated to her, as well as the Polish composer’s Chain 2 and Interlude. Andrzej Boreyko conducts the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lutosławski’s Partita will also be performed in Leipzig and in London, where it is combined with Tomas Adès’ Air – Homage to Sibelius, which the composer dedicated to the violinist and which will have its German and British premieres. In Leipzig, Andris Nelsons conducts the Gewandhaus Orchestra; in the British metropolis, Thomas Adès conducts the London Symphony Orchestra.

During her June tour of Europe, Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2 is once more the focus of attention, and Mutter will perform it with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi.

She will also perform film themes by Williams during the “Klassik am Odeonsplatz” event in Munich – with the Munich Philharmonic under the baton of Lahav Shani.

The Brahms Violin Concerto is on the programme during the second half of the year in Europe with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. During another European tour, Mutter will play the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto together with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its music director Manfred Honeck.

Mutter concludes her 2024 concert year with Williams’ Violin Concerto No. 2 as well as selected film themes – together with Ken-David Masur at the helm of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Awards

In June 2023, Anne-Sophie Mutter received the Prize of the Ruhr Piano Festival, and the Royal Philharmonic Society honoured her with its Gold Medal. The Krzysztof Penderecki Music Academy in Cracow bestowed an honorary doctorate on her in March 2022. In 2019, Anne-Sophie Mutter was honoured to receive the Praemium Imperiale in the music category; in June she received the Polar Music Prize. Poland awarded the Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Cultural Achievements to Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2018, making her the first German artist to receive such an honour. In February 2018 the violinist was named an honorary member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Romania awarded the Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of a Grand Officer to Anne-Sophie Mutter in 2017; during the same month France honoured her by presenting her with the insignia of a Commander of the French Order of the Arts and Literature. In 2016, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports awarded her the “Medalla de oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes” (Gold Medal for Merits in the Fine Arts). In 2015 Anne-Sophie Mutter was named an Honorary Fellow of Keble College at the University of Oxford. In 2013 she became a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, after winning the medal of the Lutosławski Society (Warsaw) in January. In 2012 the Atlantic Council bestowed the Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award upon her. In 2011 she received the Brahms Prize as well as the Erich Fromm Prize and the Gustav Adolf Prize for her social activism. In 2010 the Technical-Scientific University of Norway in Trondheim bestowed an honorary doctorate upon her; in 2009 she won the European St. Ulrich Award 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 Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize.

The violinist has 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.

Last updated on December 21, 2023

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