Anne-Sophie Mutter has been an international figure in the world’s major concert halls for more than forty years, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor, and visionary. The four-time Grammy award winner is equally committed to traditional works and the future of music, having given world premieres of twenty-seven works by composers including Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Williams. Ms. Mutter also dedicates herself to supporting future generations of musicians through benefit projects and the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.
Ms. Mutter’s 2019–20 season is dedicated to commemorating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, with multiple performances of his Violin Concerto and Triple Concerto with the Montreal Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Symphony, among others. In January 2020, she returns to the United States for a five-city recital tour, playing Beethoven sonatas with her longtime artistic partner, pianist Lambert Orkis. As a San Francisco Symphony Artist-in-Residence for 2019–20, Ms. Mutter performs the works of Beethoven in a solo recital, chamber concert, and performances with orchestra.
In August 2019, Ms. Mutter released her latest recording, Across the Stars, featuring selections from John Williams’s greatest film scores, in new adaptations prepared for her by the composer. In October and November 2019, She took the Mutter Virtuosi—the ensemble of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation—on the ensemble’s debut tour of South America, playing works by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Vivaldi.
In March 2018, Ms. Mutter became the first German artist to receive Poland’s Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Cultural Achievements. In 2019 she received two of the most prestigious international arts awards, Sweden’s Polar Music Prize and Japan’s Praemium Imperiale. She has previously been awarded the German Grand Order of Merit, French Medal of the Legion of Honor, Bavarian Order of Merit, and the Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 1988.