Anne-Sophie Mutter has been an international figure in the world’s major concert halls for over 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 the performance of traditional composers as to the future of music, having given the 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 numerous benefit projects and to supporting future generations of musicians through the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. Ms. Mutter made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 1988.
Ms. Mutter’s 2019 concert calendar features performances in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. This month, she performs the world premiere of Sebastian Currier’s Ghost Trio at Carnegie Hall, and in December she gives the world premiere of a new chamber work by Jörg Widmann at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing. Both works were commissioned by and dedicated to her. Ms. Mutter returns to the US in the summer for two concerts at the Tanglewood Festival, celebrating the 90th birthday of André Previn, and performing selections from her upcoming Deutsche Grammophon album Across the Stars, which features works by John Williams. In September she performs selections from Across the Stars on Munich’s Königplatz. In August, she returns to the Salzburg and Lucerne festivals performing Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with Daniel Barenboim conducting the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Another thematic focus in 2019 is Mozart’s violin concertos, which she performs throughout Europe and the US. In Europe and South America, she appears with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and Yo-Yo Ma, and she takes the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation’s Mutter Virtuosi, its debut tour in South America.
In March 2018, Ms. Mutter became the first German artist to receive Poland’s Gloria Artis Gold Medal for Cultural Achievements; in June she receives the Polar Music Prize. She has previously been awarded the German Grand Order of Merit, the French Medal of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria, and numerous other honors.