Anne-Sophie Mutter violin
born in Rheinfelden, Germany, 29 June 1963
Anne-Sophie Mutter is best-known for three things: her discovery by Herbert von Karajan, the crystalline perfection of her technique and her stunning strapless Galliano dresses. (The last, according to the violinist herself, are the only practical option.)
She made her international debut at the 1976 Lucerne Festival. But when Herbert von Karajan brought her to the Salzburg Whitsun Concerts the following year he really sealed her career. She was just 13. But Karajan’s support, in both the concert hall and recording studio, set her on a trajectory to the top. From there she hasn’t faltered. With Karajan she recorded many of the great violin concertos, including those by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bruch and Tchaikovsky.
Early reviews of the teenage Mutter extolled her mature interpretations, and the decades since have only brought further refinement. A glittering future was also predicted, but although Mutter
has found both fame and acclaim she has never been content to sit on her laurels.
Her playing is characterised by a fineness of line, an almost forensic attention to detail and an extraordinary precision. This last has made her a particular favourite with contemporary composers. Many have written for her, including Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sebastian Currier, Witold Lutosławski, Wolfgang Rihm and André Previn (who was her second husband).
Mutter’s interest in nurturing the gifts of talented string players led her to set up a foundation for supporting outstanding young musicians. Among its notable successes are the cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and the violinists Sergey Khachatryan and Arabella Steinbacher.