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The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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Anne-Sophie Mutter’s tone is “unfailingly beautiful and the sheer accuracy of her playing is astonishing.” —BBC Music Magazine



  • Mozart: Violin Sonata in F Major, K. 376
  • Mozart: Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, K. 481
  • Mozart: Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 379
  • Mozart: Violin Sonata in E minor, K. 304
  • Mozart: Violin Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454

For almost three decades, Anne-Sophie Mutter has ranked among the outstanding violin virtuosos of our time. She was born in Rheinfelden in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and began her international career in 1976 at the Lucerne Festival. One year later, she appeared as a soloist at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival under the baton of Herbert von Karajan. Since then, Anne-Sophie Mutter has given concerts in all the major music centers in Europe, the USA and Asia.

As well as performing great traditional works, she constantly introduces new repertoire items to her audiences, consisting of chamber music pieces and orchestral works in equal measure. She also makes use of her popularity to help benefit projects and promote the new generation of up-and-coming young musicians.

Anne-Sophie Mutter’s concert calendar for 2005/2006 is a comprehensive homage to the violin works of Mozart; together with Lambert Orkis (piano), she will be performing all of Mozart’s 16 violin sonatas. This recital tour will see the two artists perform in Europe, the USA, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In addition, she will be playing Mozart’s piano trios with Sir André Previn (piano) and cellist Daniel Müller-Schott. Mozart’s five violin concertos and his Sinfonia Concertante will round off the program as she performs these concertos as violin soloist and musical director with both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg.

Aside from the central emphasis on Mozart, her program will also showcase the violin concertos of Beethoven and Previn, which she will perform with the London, Paris and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestras. Her partner at the conductor’s stand will be Sir André Previn.

Anne-Sophie Mutter’s recordings have won numerous prizes, including the German Record Prize, the Record Academy Prize, the Grand Prix du Disque, the International Record Prize and several Grammies. At the 47th Grammy Awards in February 2005 she won the “Best instrumental soloist with orchestra” award for her recording of Sir André Previn’s “Anne-Sophie” concerto and the Bernstein Serenade. Shortly thereafter her CD of violin concertos by Dutilleux, Bartok und Stravinsky was released.

Anne-Sophie Mutter has a special interest in contemporary violin music. Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, Henri Dutilleux, Sebastian Currier and Sir André Previn have all dedicated works to her. Pierre Boulez’s Anthèmes III will be the next in the list of Ms. Mutter’s premieres.  The work will be performed by the Basel Symphony, conducted by the composer, in April 2006, marking the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the great Swiss patron Paul Sacher.   Another premiere is planned for 2007, featuring the violin concerto by Sofia Gubaidulina.

In 1987, she founded the Rudolf Eberle Foundation, which promoted young string players throughout Europe. The Foundation’s activities were absorbed in autumn 1997 by the establishment of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Circle of Friends Foundation, which is based in Munich and operates worldwide.

Addressing the social and medical problems of our time is also important for Anne-Sophie Mutter, whose support is exemplified by her regular benefit concerts. In April 2005, she will be performed in Warsaw for the Ludwig van Beethoven Association, and in November in Geneva for the Dr. Henri Dubois Ferrière Dinu Lipatti Foundation (leukemia research).  She has regularly played for “Classical Action” in America.

Anne-Sophie Mutter is holder of the Order of the Federal Republic of Germany (First Class), the Bavarian Order of Merit and the Medal of Merit (Verdienstmedaille) of the state of Baden-Württemberg. She was also recently awarded the Austrian Honorary Cross for Science and Art. In January 2002, she received the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art, and also the Cultural Award of Honor of the Bavarian capital, Munich. In June 2003, the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and Art bestowed on her the ’Pro Meritis Scientiae et Litterarum’ distinction. 

In April 2005 she was named “Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Minister of Culture.

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