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Carnegie Hall’s 2014-2015 Perspectives Artist Curates Six-Concert Series
Series Includes U.S. Premiere of Sebastian Currier’s Ringtone Variations &
Launches First North American Tour of Mutter Virtuosi
Appears as Pittsbugh Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Night Artist
AUGUST 25, 2014
As Carnegie Hall’s 2014-2015 Perspectives artist, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter curates a six-concert, season-long series exemplifying her commitment to the future of classical music and highlighting her long-standing relationships with some of today’s greatest conductors, soloists and orchestras. Ms. Mutter begins her Carnegie Hall residency Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 pm in an opening night gala marking her first United States appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra led by Music Director Sir Simon Rattle. She performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 as part of a concert that includes Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and the closing scenes from Stravinsky’s The Firebird. Ms. Mutter first performed with this legendary orchestra at age 13 under the direction of Herbert von Karajan, subsequently launching an international career that has spanned nearly four decades.
The concert airs on WQXR 105.9 FM, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon. Concerts in the series are available for live streaming on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr.
She explains, “Coming to Carnegie Hall with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra playing the Bruch Concerto with Sir Simon Rattle is obviously a very important moment because that orchestra is linked so closely with the beginnings of my musical life with Karajan. I have never traveled to America with this orchestra and it somehow feels particularly festive and wonderful.” This reunion comes on the heels of an all-Dvořák album Ms. Mutter recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic, released in October 2013 on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
Ms. Mutter is joined by pianist Lambert Orkis Tuesday, November 11 at 8:00 pm in recital at Carnegie Hall. The pair, who celebrated the 25th anniversary of their partnership and the violinist’s Carnegie Hall recital debut in December 2013, commemorated this milestone with a European tour and the release of the two-disc album, The Silver Album, on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The Grammy Award –winning duo have planned an eclectic program for the Perspectives series: Sir André Previn’s Tango Song and Dance (a work written for Ms. Mutter), Franck’s Violin Sonata in A Major, Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer” and the U.S. premiere of Sebastian Currier’s Ringtone Variations, a work commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation featuring double bassist Roman Patkoló, a protégé of Ms. Mutter.
Also in November, the violinist is proud to lead the first North American tour of Mutter Virtuosi, a string ensemble comprised of 14 current and former scholarship students of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. For many years, Ms. Mutter has performed with the Foundation scholarship holders introducing them to the life of a professional musician and to a broad audience, while also emphasizing the importance of performing charity concerts for humanitarian causes. Mutter Virtuosi was formed in 2011 for touring projects and benefit concerts with performances of established masterpieces and works by living composers. Following a 2011 European tour and a 2013 Asian tour, Ms. Mutter leads the ensemble in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Naples, Kansas City and in New York at Carnegie Hall Tuesday, November 18 at 8:00 pm as part of her Perspectives series. The program comprises the U. S. premiere of Previn’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043 as well as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Following its North American tour, the Mutter Virtuosi travels to Worms, Germany for a concert benefitting the Lebenshielfe organization for the mentally disabled. Previous benefit concerts given by the ensemble have supported the Hanna and Paul Gräb Foundation for the handicapped and the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Association.
Ms. Mutter’s Perspectives series resumes Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm with conductor Cristian Măcelaru and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Sibelius’ Valse triste and Violin Concerto open the program, followed by Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable.” Pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Lynn Harrell join Ms. Mutter as the Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio on Tuesday, April 14 at 8:00 pm performing Beethoven’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke” and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor, Opus 50. The Trio also tours Montreal and the California cities of Northridge, Santa Barbara, Costa Mesa and Sonoma throughout the month of April.
As further testament to Ms. Mutter’s commitment to the future of string playing, she concludes her Perspectives series with Michael Tilson Thomas and his New World Symphony on Tuesday, April 28 at 8:00 pm. Moret’s En rêve, a work written for Ms. Mutter in 1988, receives its New York premiere alongside Berg’s moving Violin Concerto, Schubert’s Incidental Music from Rosamunde and ending with Debussy’s La mer.
In addition to her Perspectives series, Anne-Sophie Mutter opens Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-2015 concert season Saturday, September 13 at 7:00 pm playing Bruch’s Violin Concerto conducted by Manfred Honeck in a program that also includes works by Sibelius, Smetana, Strauss and Prokofiev. She and Maestro Honeck recently collaborated for Ms. Mutter’s all-Dvořák disc.
Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series
Wednesday, October 1, 7 PM
Tuesday, November 11, 8 PM
Tuesday, November 18, 8 PM
Wednesday, February 11, 8 PM
Tuesday, April 14, 8 PM
Tuesday, April 28, 8 PM
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, September 13, 7 PM
About Anne-Sophie Mutter
In 1976 the legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan heard the 13-year-old Mutter in recital at the Lucerne Festival and subsequently engaged the young violinist to make her concerto debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at the 1977 Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Their partnership continued when Mutter made her first recording for the Deutsche Grammophon label, an album of Mozart’s Violin Concertos, in 1978. In the early years of her career, Mutter collaborated regularly with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic to create a landmark series of recordings and swiftly became an established presence at the world’s leading concert halls, a position reinforced by the critical and public response to her debuts in Berlin (1978), Washington and New York (1980), Tokyo (1981) and Moscow (1985).
Anne-Sophie Mutter has won the Grammy® Award for “Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with orchestra)” three times, as well as the Grammy® Award for “Best Chamber Music Performance” with her longtime recital partner, pianist Lambert Orkis. Mutter’s pledge to the future of string playing is evidenced by her wholehearted championship of contemporary music. Cited by The Chicago Tribune for contributing more than “any living violinist to enrich the late 20th-Century violin repertory,” Ms. Mutter’s current tally of world premiere performances includes 22 compositions with works composed for her by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm.
As Carnegie Hall’s 2014-2015 Perspectives Artist, Mutter curates a six-concert series exemplifying her commitment to the future of classical music and highlighting her relationships with some of today’s greatest conductors, orchestras and soloists. She opens the prestigious venue’s season with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic marking her first performance with the legendary orchestra in the United States. Throughout the series she will be joined by Michael Tilson Thomas and his New World Symphony, Christian Măcelaru with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, pianist Lambert Orkis in recital, as well as pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Lynn Harrell as part of the Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio. The Mutter Virtuosi, an ensemble consisting of 14 former and current scholarship holders of The Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, makes its Carnegie Hall debut in the Perspectives series as part of its first North American tour. Ms. Mutter also joins these young, talented string soloists in the cities of Washington, DC, Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Naples, and Kansas City.
Throughout the 2014-2015 season, Anne-Sophie Mutter makes guest appearances with the Pittsburgh and San Francisco Symphonies, Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, London Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Philomusica, and on tour with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Danish National Symphony, National Orchestra of Spain, New World Symphony and Cherubini Youth Orchestra. In April, she embarks on a six-city tour with the Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio in the cities of Montreal, New York, Northridge, CA, Santa Barbara, Costa Mesa and Sonoma.
Anne-Sophie Mutter has long used her public profile to support and promote charitable causes, notably those associated with the alleviation of medical and social problems. Her benefit concerts – 62 to date this season – have raised funds for, among other organizations, Save the Children Japan, the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society, victims of the 2011 Japanese tsunami and nuclear energy disasters and l’Association des Amis de la Maison de Solenn in Paris. Other recent benefit projects have included fundraising concerts for the Hanna and Paul Gräb Foundation’s Haus der Diakonie in Wehr-Öflingen, Artists Against Aids in the United States and a number of Romanian orphanages. 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.
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