Anne-Sophie Mutter © StefanHöderath/DG
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 called at that time). Just one year later, she appeared in Salzburg with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan’s baton. She has given concerts in all of the major music centers worldwide since then and, in addition to the classical repertoire, continues to present new works: by now she has premiered 29 scores, including compositions by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Williams, whose violin concerto she just introduced at Tanglewood (in July 2021). She uses her popularity specifically for charity projects and to support young musicians. To this end, she founded the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation in 2008 and the scholarship ensemble Mutter’s Virtuosi, with which she will embark on a major European tour in 2021-22. In addition, she will tour in the coming season with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko and perform André Previn’s Violin Concerto; in Asia, she will present her John Williams project “Across the Stars.” As a chamber musician, she performs with her longtime piano partner Lambert Orkis and cellist Maximilian Hornung. Anne-Sophie Mutter has received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize, and the Polar Music Prize. She has garnered four coveted Grammy Awards and is a recipient of 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 Austria’s Grand Decoration of Honor. In 2013, she was named an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Anne-Sophie Mutter has served as President of German Cancer Aid since 2021.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1976 as part of the “Young Artists” series in a program of works by de Falla, Paganini, and Sarasate, with Christoph Mutter at the piano.