Anne-Sophie Mutter Begins Concert Tour

Ms. Mutter Performs in Multiple Cities and is Artist-In-Residence at The New York Philharmonic for the 2010 | 2011 Season

Acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has just embarked on a tour performing chamber music and will arrive in New York City shortly to begin her tenure as Artist-In-Residence at the New York Philharmonic, beginning with a chamber concert on November 14, 2010. Many of the violinist’s activities highlight aspects of her wide-ranging career as she looks forward to the 35th anniversary of her stage debut in 2011.

Ms. Mutter performs concerts of Beethoven String Trios with violist Yuri Bashmet and cellist Lynn Harrell in San Francisco (11/7), Costa Mesa (11/10) and New York City (11/14). On November 13th, Ms. Mutter will perform the three Brahms Violin Sonatas with pianist Lambert Orkis in Washington DC. The two artists have just released their all-new recording of these sonatas on Deutsche Grammophon on both CD and DVD. Click here to learn more, watch video of the two in performance and interview and hear excerpts.

Following these chamber music concerts, Ms. Mutter will lead the New York Philharmonic in performances of three of Mozart’s Violin Concertos and also give the world-premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Lichtes Spiel (conducted by Michael Francis). This progression from chamber music concerts to leading an orchestra from the violin to premiering a complicated 21st-century work is indicative of everything that guides and informs Ms. Mutter’s career. According to Ms. Mutter this “is very much my life philosophy: you can only be a good musician if you are a good musician with the others together. It’s as much about the listening together and the inspiring the other person and bringing each other to a very different and hopefully much higher level of music making.”

Ms. Mutter will return to the New York Philharmonic two more times over the course of the 2010 | 11 season and give the NY-premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s In Tempus Praesens, additional chamber performances including the world-premiere of another work by Wolfgang Rihm and the US-premiere of a work by Krzysztof Penderecki, and another set of orchestral concerts that will include Beethoven as well as the world-premiere of Time Machines by Sebastian Currier.

This style of program is able to balance the traditional canon of repertoire with news works in a way that provides a bridge for the audience. Ms. Mutter has long been a champion of commissioning new works and performing contemporary compositions and has regularly included them in her concert schedule as well as taken them into the recording studio. For Deutsche Grammophon she has recorded Rihm’s Gesungene Zeit (paired with Berg’s Violin Concerto), works by Witold Lutoslawski (Partita and Chain 2), Krzysztof Penderecki’s Violin Concerto no. 2, Norbert Moret’s En reve, George Henry Crumb’s Four Nocturnes, AndrĂ© Previn’s Violin Concerto Anne-Sophie and much more.

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