4 Violin Programs Beethoven 2020

Violin Programs and musical Partners

As part of the Beethoven Year 2020, Anne-Sophie Mutter performs four different programmes – in Asia, Europe and North America.

Programme 1 – Violin and Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G major, Op. 40
and / or
Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61

Anne-Sophie Mutter launches her homage to the composer on his 250th birthday in September 2019 with the Beethoven Violin Concerto. The violinist recorded this work both with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic and with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Her musical partners in 2019/2020 for this milestone of the violin repertoire (in chronological order; for dates, please see the “Concerts” page)

  • Orchestre symphonique de Montréal – Conductor Cristian Măcelaru – Montréal 
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra – Ein Sun Kim – Cincinatti 
  • National China Philharmonic Orchestra – Manfred Honeck – Beijing
  • New Japan Philharmonic – Cristian Măcelaru – Tokyo
  • Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks – Mariss Jansons – Munich
  • Danish National Symphony Orchestra – Fabio Luisi –  Copenhagen, Aalborg, Göteborg, Malmö
  • London Symphony Orchestra – Manfred Honeck – London
  • San Francisco Symphony – Michael Tilson Thomas – San Francisco
  • Vancouver Symphony Orchestra – Otto Tausk – Vancouver
  • The MET Orchestra – Yannick Nézet-Séguin – New York
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – Manfred Honeck – Pittsburgh

Concerts during the second half of  2020 will be announced asap!

Programme 2 – Violin Sonatas
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23
Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 (“Spring Sonata”)
Violin Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”)

The recording of Beethoven‘s Sonatas for Piano and Violin made by Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis won a Grammy Award in 2000, among other distinctions. Their concerts featuring the Violin Sonatas Nos. 4, 5 and 9 take the two musicians, renowned for their perfect harmony, into the 31st year of their artistic collaboration. Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis will present their recital programme during Beethoven’s anniversary year in China, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Austria, Switzerland, Taiwan and the USA.

Programme 3 – Chamber Music
Ludwig van Beethoven:  
String Trio C minor, Op. 9 No. 3 (1798)
Jörg Widmann Study on Beethoven, String Quartet No. 6
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet E flat Major, Op. 74 (Harp)

Supporting young talents is a mission to which the star violinist dedicates a major part of her artistic work. Anne-Sophie Mutter’s own experience showed her how necessary focused support is, especially during the decisive early years. That is why the violinist founded the “Circle of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation e.V.” in 1997; in 2008 a charitable foundation of the same name was established in Munich. The foundation’s goal ist o support young and highly talented violin, viola, cello and double bass soloists. 

Together with five current and former fellows of her foundation who have embarked upon international careers of their own, giving concerts worldwide, she performs Beethoven’s String Trio in C-minor Op. 9 and his String Quartet in E-flat-major Op. 74, the “Harp Quartet”. The bridge between the avant-garde composer of the 1790s and our present time is built by the new string quartet Studie über Beethoven by Jörg Widmann, which was commissioned by Anne-Sophie Mutter and is dedicated to her. This new work will have its world premiere on January 27, 2020 in San Francisco. This programme will be performed in China, Germany, Japan, Austria, Spain and the USA.

Her musical partners for the chamber music programme:

Programme 4 – Triple Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50
Concerto for Violin, Cello, Piano and Orchestra in C Major, Op. 56 (“Triple Concerto”)

For the opening night of Carnegie Hall’s 2019/2020 season on October 3, Anne-Sophie Mutter performs Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Lynn Harrell, accompanied by the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst. As part of the Beethoven Year, this work will be performed again, in various extraordinary constellations of soloists. Her piano and cello soloist partners:

  • Daniel Barenboim 
  • Yefim Bronfman
  • Khatia Buniatishvili
  • Lambert Orkis
  • Lauma Skride
  • Daniil Trifonov


  • Pablo Ferrández 
  • Lynn Harrell
  • Maximilian Hornung
  • Yo-Yo Ma
  • Daniel Müller-Schott
  • Kian Soltani


Performances of the Triple Concerto (in chronological order; for dates, please see the “Concerts” page):

  • The Cleveland Orchestra – Conductor Franz Welser-Möst – Lynn Harrell (Cello) und Yefim Bronfman (Piano) – New York
  • West-Eastern Divan Orchestra – Daniel Barenboim Conductor and Piano – Yo-Yo Ma (Cello) – Cologne, Paris, Berlin
  • National China Philharmonic Orchestra – Manfred Honeck – Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello) and Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano) – Beijing
  • New Japan Philharmonic – Cristian Măcelaru – Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello) and Lambert Orkis (Piano) – Tokyo
  • Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks – Mariss Jansons – Maximilian Hornung (Cello) and Yefim Bronfman (Piano) – Munich
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra – Robin Ticciati – Pablo Ferrández (Cello) and Khatia Buniatishvili (Piano) – London, Luxembourg, Essen, Düsseldorf, Vienna, Hannover
  • Danish National Symphony Orchestra – Fabio Luisi – Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello) and Lauma Skride (Piano) – Copenhagen, Aalborg

Concerts during the second half of  2020 will be announced asap!

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