40th Anniversary of Anne-Sophie Mutter’s International Debut

2017 Crystal Awards in Davos Honors Anne-Sophie Mutter

NEW YORK, NY- Globally-renowned violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and her longtime musical partner pianist Lambert Orkis give 11 performances across the United States in Spring 2017. The duo have spent nearly 30 years making music together, resulting in numerous successful Deutsche Grammophon recordings, earning Grammy® Awards, an ECHO Award, as well as a Choc de l'Année Award. The recital program will be played in seven cities including San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, with a program including works by Sebastian Currier – who previously wrote a number of other works for Mutter such as Aftersong (1994) and Ringtone Variations (2013) - Mozart, Respighi, and Saint-Saëns. Mutter concludes the tour with a four-date engagement with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andris Nelsons, where the concert program features selections by Tchaikovsky and Nostalghia by Toru Takemitsu, which Mutter played at her 35th Anniversary concert of her Japanese debut.

For 40 years, Anne-Sophie Mutter has sustained a career of exceptional musicianship with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical music. Motivated by the desire to promote contemporary music, Mutter constantly strives to collaborate with composers and premiere new works. Mrs. Mutter’s dedication to the prosperity of living composers is reflected by her nearly 25 world premiere performances by globally renowned composers such as Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm. On the occasion of the violinist's 35th stage anniversary, Deutsche Grammophon launched a comprehensive boxed set with all of the artist's DG recordings, including an extensive collection of rare and unpublished recordings and documentation. Simultaneously, an album dedicated to the violinist was released containing the world premiere recordings of works by Wolfgang Rihm (Lichtes Spiel and Dyade), Sebastian Currier (Time Machines) and Krzysztof Penderecki (Duo concertante): a further tribute to her devotion to contemporary music.

Committed to fostering the great musicians of tomorrow, Mrs. Mutter founded the Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation (Freundeskreis der Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung e.V.) in 1997 with the objective of developing the talents of highly gifted classical string players. Students are assisted according to their needs and musical goals, with opportunities such as tuition scholarships, teacher pairing, procuring instruments, arranging master classes or auditions with established musicians and conductors, and making introductions to valuable contacts in the classical music field. Mutter frequently performs and tours with the foundation’s scholarship students, and in 2011 she created The Mutter Virtuosi – an ensemble of former and current students from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, whom she introduces to audiences worldwide.

Mutter’s extensive humanitarian efforts, including dozens of benefit concerts, have resulted in numerous awards and recognition over the course of her distinguished career. She was recently honored as one of the recipients of the 2017 Crystal Award presented at the 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Upon receiving the humanitarian award, Mutter remarked: “During this four-minute speech of mine, 24 children have died due to malnutrition or undernourishment. According to the United Nations’ World Food Programme, almost 800 million people worldwide suffer from hunger, which means roughly every ninth person. Every year, 8 million people die of hunger – which means a death approximately every three seconds...If one could eat resolutions and words, nobody would starve. I appeal to you, ladies and gentlemen, because each one of you is able to make an active and significant contribution to improving the nutrition situation throughout the world.”

March 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM - San Francisco, California, Davies Symphony Hall
March 29, 2017 - 8:00 PM - Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
March 31, 2017 - 7:30 PM - Kansas City, Missouri, Harriman-Jewell Series
April 2, 2017 - 2:00 PM - New York, New York, Carnegie Hall
April 4, 2017 - 7:30 PM - Tallahassee, Florida, Ruby Diamond Concert Hall
April 6, 2017 - 8:00 PM - Naples, Florida, Artis-Naples
April 8, 2017 - 3:00 PM - Washington, D.C, Kennedy Center Concert Hall


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