Born in Rheinfelden in Baden, Germany, Anne-Sophie Mutter began her career in 1976, at the age of 13, at the Lucerne International Music Festival, as Lucerne Festival was then known. Just one year later, she appeared in Salzburg with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Herbert von Karajan. She has since then given concerts in all of the major music centers worldwide and, in addition to the classical repertoire, performs many new works. Mutter has premiered 31 scores, including works by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, Jörg Widmann, and John Williams. She introduced the most recent of these new works, Thomas Adès’s Air, at Lucerne’s Summer Festival in 2022. One of Anne-Sophie Mutter’s chief priorities is to support young musical talent: to this end, she founded the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation and the Mutter’s Virtuosi Scholarship ensemble in 2008, with which she toured Europe in the summer of 2023 and released her latest CD last fall; it features works by Bach, Bologne, Previn, Williams, and Vivaldi. Her current focus is on the Second Violin Concerto by John Williams, which was written for her and which she recently performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She toured Asia with her long-time piano partner Lambert Orkis in the spring of 2024. Anne-Sophie Mutter has received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize, and the Polar Music Prize and has garnered four Grammy Awards. She has been awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and the Grand Austrian Decoration of Honor. In 2013, she was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Anne-Sophie Mutter has been President of German Cancer Aid since 2021 and a member of the Lucerne Festival Foundation Board since 2022.

Lucerne Festival (IMF) debut on 23 August 1976 in a program of works by Tartini, Bach, de Falla, Paganini, and de Sarasate.

June 2024