Slacker Logo

Anne-Sophie Mutter

Advertisement
Advertisement

Biography

One of the most charismatic and best-loved violinists of modern times, Germany's Anne-Sophie Mutter began her studies on the piano at the age of five. She shortly added violin lessons with Erna Hornigberger. In 1970 and again in 1974, she won first place in the Jugend Musiziert contest for young musicians. Herbert von Karajan heard her play at the age of 13 and paved the way for her international career. This began in 1977 with appearances at the Salzburg Festival and with her English debut under Daniel Barenboim. The next year, 1978, she made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and released her first recording, of the Mozart Third and Fifth concertos. In 1980, she debuted in America under Zubin Mehta, then made her first Carnegie Hall recital appearance in 1988. In spite of a difficult personal life (she lost her husband in 1995, leaving her with two small children to care for), Mutter has accelerated an already successful career to the level of super-stardom. She is currently one of the most sought after violinists and her recordings are always eagerly awaited best sellers. Mutter is best known for her rich tone and her impassioned and exciting performances of the classic violin repertory, but she has also been instrumental in commissioning and performing new works for the violin. Among the composers she has worked with are Wolfgang Rihm, Sebastian Currier, Norbert Moret, Witold Lutoslawski, and Krzysztof Penderecki. Both before and, for a time, after Mutter's marriage to conductor André Previn in 2002, the pair performed and recorded together frequently. In September 2006, the couple quietly announced their divorce, and in October 2006 Mutter announced that she would be retiring from the concert stage on her 45th birthday in June 2008. She later stated that this was a misinterpretation, and in 2011 was still appearing in concert, premiering Lichtes Spiel by Rihm, and making recital tours. Mutter also devotes time to her foundation fostering exceptional young musicians.
Read All Read Less

Albums

See All Albums

Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   Brahms: Concerto For Violin And Cello In A Minor, Op.102 - 2. Andante featuring Antonio Meneses
  3.   Brahms: Concerto For Violin And Cello In A Minor, Op.102 - 3. Vivace non troppo - Poco meno allegro - Tempo I featuring Antonio Meneses
  4.   Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto In E Minor, Op.64, MWV O14 - 3. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace featuring Kurt Masur
  5.   Beethoven: Violin Concerto In D, Op.61 - 3. Rondo. Allegro (Cadenza: Fritz Kreisler) featuring Kurt Masur
  6.   Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 - 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più presto featuring Kurt Masur
  7.   Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen, Op.20 featuring James Levine
  8.   Bernstein: Serenade (1954) After Plato's "Symposium" - 4. Agathon: Adagio featuring André Previn
  9.   Schumann: Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, Op. 131 - Moderato semplice ma espressivo (Transcr. By Fritz Kreisler) featuring Kurt Masur
  10.   Brahms: Violin Concerto In D, Op.77 - 3. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - Poco più presto featuring Berliner Philharmoniker
  11.   Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043~1. Vivace
  12.   Mendelssohn: Lieder ohne Worte, Op.62 - Arr. Fritz Kreisler - 6. Frühlingslied by André Previn
  13.   Prokofiev: Sonata For Violin And Piano No.2 In D, Op.94a - 2. Presto
  14.   Beau Soir
  15.   Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.26 - 3. Finale (Allegro energico) featuring Berliner Philharmoniker
  16.   Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: III. Intermezzo (Allegro non troppo)
  17.   Symphonie espagnole in D Minor, Op. 21: I. Allegro non troppo
  18.   Penderecki: La Follia per violino solo - Var. V Allegro con brio
  19.   Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 In G Minor, Op.26 - 2. Adagio featuring Berliner Philharmoniker
  20.   Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra in E flat major, K. 364 (K. 320d)~3. Presto
  21.   Tango Song and Dance, for violin & piano~Song
  22.   Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, B. 108 - 3. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo) featuring Berliner Philharmoniker
  23.   Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1042: III. Allegro assai
  24.   Sonata for Piano and Violin in F, K. 377~2. Tema (Andante) con variazioni
  25.   Beethoven: String Trio in G major, Op.9, no.1 - 2. Adagio, ma non tanto, e cantabile featuring Bruno Giuranna
See All Songs

Related Stations & Specials

Artists Related to
Anne-Sophie Mutter

Itzhak Perlman

FEATURED