2016

The year 2016 marks the 40-year anniversary of her debut at the age of 13 at the Lucerne Festival on August 23, 1976. One year later, she performed at the Salzburg Whitsun Concerts under Herbert von Karajan’s baton. 
 
She performs the Brahms Violin Concerto, which the artist has recorded both with Herbert von Karajan and with Kurt Masur, in London in March 2016, with Thomas Adès conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. 
 
The Salzburg Easter Festival’s concert programme includes the Beethoven Triple Concerto, in which Mutter is partnered by Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell and the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann. In this exclusive constellation, Beethoven’s Concerto Op. 56 for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra is also performed in Dresden in April.
 
In April 2016 Anne-Sophie Mutter is on tour for the fifth time with her Foundation’s exclusive soloist ensemble: Mutter’s Virtuosi perform on ten evenings in Aix-en-Provence, Barcelona and eight German cities. Sir André Previn’s Nonet for Two String Quartets and Double Bass opens the concerts, followed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Double Concerto for Two Violins as well as Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”. The Previn Nonet – commissioned by the violinist for Mutter’s Virtuosi and dedicated to her – had its world premiere in Edinburgh on August 26, 2015; it was first performed at all the concert halls of this tour. 
 
At the memorial concert for Kurt Masur at Leipzig’s Gewandhaus on April 16, Mutter performs the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Michael Sanderling. She also recorded this classic of the violin repertoire in 2009 – with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Kurt Masur.
 
Anne-Sophie Mutter performs the Violin Concerto by Antonín Dvořák – released on CD with the Berlin Philharmonic and Manfred Honeck in 2013 – again with Manfred Honeck in 2016: in Prague he conducts the Czech Philharmonic and in Munich in June the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. 
 
Three exceptional soloists tour Europe together for the first time in May, when the “Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio” appears in Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain. The exceptional ensemble performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Archduke Trio” and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A-Minor Op. 50.
 
The subsequent recitals in Germany, France, Luxemburg, Austria and Switzerland take Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis into the 28th year of their musical partnership. During these concerts in June 2016, they perform works by Sebastian Currier, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel and Camille Saint-Saëns. Their recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin won a Grammy Award and their recording of Mozart’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin with the prize of the French magazine “Le Monde de la Musique”.
 
At the Lucerne Summer Festival, Anne-Sophie Mutter appears in September with the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy under Alan Gilbert. The programme includes the Violin Concerto “To the Memory of an Angel” by Alban Berg as well as Norbert Moret’s “En Rêve”. Mutter’s recording of Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and James Levine won a Grammy in 1994; she recorded the work “En Rêve”, which Moret dedicated to her, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa in 1991.
 
In celebration of the 35-year anniversary of Anne-Sophie Mutter’s debut in Japan, she performs in Tokyo in October with the Vienna Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa and with the New Japan Philharmonic under Christian Macelaru. In addition, the Japanese metropolis sees a guest performance by “Mutter’s Virtuosi” and appearances with Japanese music students. In addition, she embarks upon another Asian tour with Lambert Orkis: in October, these two perfectly attuned musicians perform in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. 
 
In November follows a concert tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Robin Ticciati: in London, she performs the Beethoven Violin Concerto; in Paris, Vienna and in seven German cities, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto will be heard.
 
Anne-Sophie Mutter appears in Suzhou, a city of 10 million inhabitants on the lower reaches of the Yangtse River, on December 31, 2016, during the founding concert of the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, which first presents itself to the public on this evening. Both Chinese and classical European compositions will be performed – for example, the last movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 forms the festive finale. Xie Yang Chen conducts; Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Pablo Sarasate’s "Carmen Fantasy" and Camille Saint-Saëns’ "Introduction et Rondo capriccioso".
 
The live recording of the New Year’s Concert together with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle is released end of January on DVD and Blu-ray disc.
 
To celebrate the charismatic artist's 40-year stage anniversary, Deutsche Grammophon is releasing the double CD Mutterissimo - The Art of Anne-Sophie Mutter in December 2016.
 
In December 2016 the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports awards her the “Medalla de oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes” (Gold Medal of Honour in Fine Arts).

Publications in year 2016

  • MUTTERISSIMO - The Art of Anne-Sophie Mutter
    MUTTERISSIMO - The Art of Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Korngold, Dvořák, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Brahms, Stravinsky, Kreisler, Ravel, Schubert, Wieniawski, Sibelius, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Gershwin, Debussy, Benjamin, Prokofjew

    Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Trondheim Soloists
  • Silvesterkonzert 2015
    Silvesterkonzert 2015
    Chabrier, Massenet, Ravel, Paulenc, Brahms, Saint-Saëns

    Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, Anne-Sophie Mutter

2015

The 2014/2015 season, featuring concerts in Asia, Europe and North America, reflects the violinist’s musical versatility and her unequalled rank in the world of classical music: as “Carnegie Hall’s 2014/2015 Perspectives Artist” Anne-Sophie Mutter presents her interpretations of traditional and contemporary compositions at the legendary Isaac Stern Auditorium. She also undertakes the third tour with “The Mutter Virtuosi”, the ensemble of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, this time through North America. She gives guest performances with the Symphony Orchestras of Pittsburgh and San Francisco and with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the London Symphony Orchestra and Oxford Philomusica. These are complemented by tours with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony, the National Orchestra of Spain, the New World Symphony and the Cherubini Youth Orchestra. Together with Yefim Bronfman and Lynn Harrell, she forms a high-carat touring chamber music trio. In Berlin, she performs classical music in nightclubs, tearing down cultural barriers. A recital tour with Lambert Orkis concludes Anne-Sophie Mutter’s 2014/2015 concert season.

She opens the Pittsburgh concert season together with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck, and in New York she performs at the Opening Night gala of the Carnegie Hall season together with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. This evening also launches Mutter’s “Carnegie Hall 2014/2015 Perspectives” concert series: between October 2014 and April 2015, she performs works by Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Bruch, Currier, Franck, Moret, Previn, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi on six different concert occasions.

On one of these, she first appears at Carnegie Hall with her soloist ensemble “The Mutter Virtuosi”: the programme at the legendary Isaac Stern Auditorium includes the US premiere of Previn’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Bach’s Double Concerto for Two Violins as well as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The ensemble “The Mutter Virtuosi” includes 14 current and former scholarship students of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation and appears in six further North American cities in addition to the Carnegie Hall appearance. At these concerts, Anne-Sophie Mutter will also perform Sebastian Currier’s Ringtone Variations for Violin and Double Bass together with Roman Patkoló, commissioned by her foundation.

As part of a European tour, Anne-Sophie Mutter performs the Sibelius Violin Concerto in January 2015 with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Cristian Macelaru. Another concert tour featuring this work follows in March, then with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Andris Nelsons. Anne-Sophie Mutter has recorded this 20th century classic with the Staatskapelle Dresden under Sir André Previn.

The Brahms Violin Concerto – which the artist has recorded both with Herbert von Karajan and with Kurt Masur – leads her to San Francisco in February; Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony.

In March, the violinist visits the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman: under the baton of Riccardo Muti, who conducts the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra, Anne-Sophie Mutter performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. This outstanding gem of violin literature was also recorded by her both with Herbert von Karajan and with Kurt Masur.

In April the “Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio” tours through Canada and the USA. The programme performed by this exclusive ensemble includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Archduke Trio and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A-Minor Op. 50.

Norbert Moret’s concerto for violin and chamber orchestra, En Rêve, which the composer dedicated to Anne-Sophie Mutter, is performed for the first time in the United States on April 25, 2015 in Miami. Her partners for this US premiere are the New World Symphony under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. Anne-Sophie Mutter also performs Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto To the Memory of an Angel in Miami. Both violin concerti have been recorded by Anne-Sophie Mutter: En Rêve with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Berg Violin Concerto with James Levine and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

In May, she performs classical music in a club: on stage at the Yellow Lounge at Berlin’s venue Neue Heimat, Anne-Sophie Mutter is joined by her longtime accompanist Lambert Orkis, the Mutter Virtuosi and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. The programme spannes three centuries of classical music – from Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi to George Gershwin and John Williams – and has been conceived by Anne-Sophie Mutter exclusively for the Yellow Lounge.

The Violin Concerto Anne-Sophie brings the composer, conductor, classical and jazz pianist André Previn back to an institution of which he was chief conductor for more than a decade: in June 2015 he celebrates his 85th birthday by conducting the London Symphony Orchestra once again when Anne-Sophie Mutter performs the violin concerto dedicated to her. Previn led the world premiere with the violinist and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in March 2002; in this constellation, the work is also available on recording.

The following recitals in Germany, Austria, Spain and Switzerland take Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis into the 27th year of their musical partnership. At these concerts in June and July 2015, they perform works by Béla Bartók, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ottorini Respighi and Maurice Ravel.

The live recording of her club performance in May 2015, Anne-Sophie Mutter – Live from the Yellow Lounge, is released August 28th on CD and Blu-ray disc. This is the first live recording of a Yellow Lounge ever.

In January, 2015, Anne-Sophie Mutter is named an Honorary Fellow at Oxford University’s Keble College.

Publications in year 2015

  • The Club Album Live from Yellow Lounge
    The Club Album Live from Yellow Lounge
    Benjamin, Brahms, Copland, Debussy, Gershwin, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Williams

    Mahan Esfahani, Lambert Orkis, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Mutter's Virtuosi

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