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Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter

Early lifeMutter was born in Rheinfelden, West Germany. She began playing the piano at the age of five, and shortly afterwards took up the violin, studying with Erna Honigberger, a pupil of Carl Flesch. After Honigberger's death she continued her studies with Aida Stucki at the Winterthur Conservatory.CareerAfter winning several prizes, she was exempted from school to dedicate herself to her art. When she was 13, conductor Herbert von Karajan invited her to play with the Berlin Philharmonic: she made her public debut on stage in 1976 at the Lucerne Festival, playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major. In 1977, she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival and with the English Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. At 15, Mutter made her first recording of the Mozart Third and Fifth violin concerti with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic.In 1980, she made her American debut with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. In 1985, at the age of 22, she was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Music (London) and head of its faculty of international violin studies and in 1986 an honorary member. In 1988, she made a grand tour of Canada and the United States, playing for the first time at Carnegie Hall. In 1998 she played and recorded for CD and DVD the complete set of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas, accompanied by Lambert Orkis; these were broadcast on television in many countries.RepertoireThough her repertoire includes many classical works, Mutter is particularly known for her performances of contemporary music. Several pieces have been specially written for or dedicated to her, including Henri Dutilleux's Sur le même accord, Krzysztof Penderecki's Second Violin Concerto, Witold Lutoslawski's Chain 2 and the orchestral version of Partita, and Wolfgang Rihm's Gesungene Zeit ("Time Chant"), Lichtes Spiel, and Dyade. In August 2007, she premiered Sofia Gubaidulina's Violin Concerto No. 2 "In tempus praesens." She has received various prizes, including several Grammys.In October 2006, on French television, Mutter appeared to indicate that she would be retiring when she turned 45, in 2008. However the following month she said that her words were "misinterpreted" and that she would continue to play as long as she felt she could "bring anything new, anything important, anything different to music".InstrumentsShe owns two Stradivarius violins (The Emiliani of 1703, and the Lord Dunn-Raven Stradivarius of 1710), a Finnigan-Klaembt dated 1999 and a Regazzi, dated 2005. Mutter does not use a shoulder rest when playing; her need for traction with the violin has also led her to wear the same style of John Galliano sleeveless dress during her performances.Personal lifeIn 1989, Mutter married her first husband, Detlef Wunderlich, with whom she had two children, Arabella and Richard. Wunderlich died of cancer in 1995. She married the pianist and conductor André Previn in 2002.On 21 August 2006, Mutter's office announced that she and Previn had divorced, although the couple were rumoured to have separated three months previously. They continue to work together.Awards and recognitionGrammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance:Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis for Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas (Nos. 1-3, Op. 12; Nos. 1-3, Op. 30; "Spring" Sonata) (2000)Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra):Anne-Sophie Mutter and André Previn (conductor) for Previn: Violin Concerto "Anne-Sophie"/Bernstein: Serenade (2005)Anne-Sophie Mutter, Krzysztof Penderecki (conductor) and the London Symphony Orchestra for Penderecki: Violin Concerto No. 2, Metamorphosen (1999)Anne-Sophie Mutter, James Levine (conductor) and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Berg: Violin Concerto/Rihm: Time Chant (1994)Order of Merit of Baden-Württemberg (1999)Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art (1999)Sonning Award (2001; Denmark)Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art (2002)Herbert von Karajan Music Prize (Baden-Baden, 2003)Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2005)Victoires de la Musique Classique (2006)Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria (2007)Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (2008)Mendelssohn Prize (Music category) (Leipzig, 2008)Merit Cross 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany (Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse) (2009)Legion of Honour (France, 2009) for her commitment to the works of contemporary music by FrenchEcho Klassik as Instrumentalist (2009)European St. Ulrichs Prize (July 2009)Doctor Honoris Causa from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2010)Prize of the Cultural Foundation of DortmundGustav-Adolf Prize (2011)Brahms Prize (Brahms Society of Schleswig-Holstein, 2011)Atlantic Council Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award (2012)Bavarian Order of MeritCultural Honour of the City of MunichHonorary Member of the Royal Academy of MusicErich Fromm Prize for her comprehensive social workGustav Adolf Prize of Gustav-Adolf-Werk of the Evangelical Church in Hesse-Nassau for her socially diaconal commitmentNaming of Anne-Sophie-Mutter-Weg (Eng:Anne-Sophie Mutter way)Named a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (April 2013)

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