This year Anne –Sophie Mutter celebrates the 40th anniversary of her international concert debut which took place at the Lucerne Festival in 1976. The October 2016 Asia tour celebrates Ms. Mutter’s 35 anniversary of her Asian debut. In her current Asian tour she appears with the Vienna Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, the Mutter Virtuosi and in recital in Suntory Hall’s 30 Anniversary and recitals in Seoul, Taipei, Shanghai and Beijing.
A four-time Grammy® Award- winner with a life-long collaboration with Deutsche Grammophon, Ms. Mutter is a champion of contemporary music including 24 world premieres compositions by composers Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm.
In addition to curating a six-concert series as Carnegie Hall’s 2014-2015 Perspectives Artist, Ms. Mutter made guest appearances with the Pittsburgh and San Francisco Symphonies, Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, London Symphony Orchestra, and toured with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, National Orchestra of Spain, New World Symphony and Cherubini Youth Orchestra. She embarked on a six-city tour with the Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio throughout the US and Canada. The violinist joined her string ensemble, the Mutter Virtuosi, on its first North American tour which featured North American premieres of Sebastian Currier’s Ringtone Variations and Sir André Previn’s Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra. In the Summer of 2015, Ms. Mutter premiered two Previn works: Nonet for Two String Quartets Double Bass and Song – Orchestra Version.
The 2015-16 season included performances with the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Symphonies of London, Pittsburgh, Sydney, Bavarian Radio and the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Czech Philharmonic as well as two international tours with Mutter’s Virtuosi. She toured with Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio to Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain and celebrated the New Year with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic.
Anne-Sophie Mutter has long used her public profile to support charitable causes, notably those associated with the alleviation of medical and social problems. Her benefit concerts – 68 to date – have raised funds for such organizations worldwide. Mutter’s many awards and honors reflect the nature of her humanitarian work as well as the excellence of her artistry. She received the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2008, the Légion d’honneur in 2009 for services to contemporary French music and the 2011 Erich-Fromm-Preis for the advancement of Humanism through social engagement. Additional honors include the Merit Cross 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Mendelssohn and Brahms Prizes, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize and the Bavarian Order of Merit. In 2013 Anne-Sophie Mutter was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences as a Foreign Honorary Member and in 2015 was named an Honorary Fellow at Oxford University Keble College. For her numerous recordings, Anne-Sophie Mutter has received four Grammies®, nine Echo Classic Awards, the German Recording Award, the Record Academy Prize, the Grand Prix du Disque and the International Phono Award.