Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 7pm
Davies Symphony HallVenue Information
Program update as of April 21, 2016.
CURRIER: Clockwork for Violin & Piano
MOZART: Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 526
RESPIGHI: Violin Sonata in B minor, P. 110
SAINT-SAËNS: Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op. 28
Co-presented with the San Francisco Symphony
About This Performance
The violin’s expressive and technical range is on full display in Anne-Sophie Mutter’s rich and varied program. The celebrated German violinist—the “undisputed queen of the violin” (The Times of London)—returns to San Francisco for one performance only.
“Mutter can deliver the goods. And if she wants to look devastatingly seductive while doing it, well, more power to her.”
Anne-Sophie Mutter has been among the great violin virtuosos of our times for four decades—the year 2016 marks the 40-year anniversary of her debut at the age of 13 at the Lucerne Festival on August 23, 1976. One year later, she performed at the Salzburg Whitsun Concerts under Herbert von Karajan’s baton. The four-time Grammy® Award winner gives concerts in all the world’s important music centers—focusing equally on the performance of traditional compositions and on the future of music: so far she has given world premieres of 24 works—Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn and Wolfgang Rihm have all composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter. Furthermore, she dedicates herself to numerous benefit projects and to supporting tomorrow’s musical elite.
Anne-Sophie Mutter’s 2016 concert calendar with performances in Asia and Europe once again illustrates her incomparable position in the classical music world: it includes guest performances at the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Lucerne Summer Festival and appearances with the Symphony Orchestras of London and Pittsburgh, the New York and the London Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Czech Philharmonic. Together with “Mutter’s Virtuosi”, the ensemble of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, she undertakes an international concert tour. Together with Yefim Bronfman and Lynn Harrell, Anne-Sophie Mutter will first perform in this outstanding trio constellation in Europe. A recital tour with Lambert Orkis takes her to Europe and in China, Korea, Taiwan—and Japan, where she celebrates the 35th anniversary of her debut in the fourth-largest island nation of the world with orchestral concerts and duo recitals. A European tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Robin Ticciati concludes Anne-Sophie Mutter’s 2016 concert calendar.
She performed the Brahms Violin Concerto, which the artist has recorded both with Herbert von Karajan and with Kurt Masur, in London in March 2016, with Thomas Adès conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.
The Salzburg Easter Festival’s concert program included the Beethoven Triple Concerto, in which Mutter was partnered by Yefim Bronfman, Lynn Harrell and the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann. In this exclusive constellation, Beethoven’s Concerto Op. 56 for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra was also performed in Dresden in April.
In April 2016 Anne-Sophie Mutter went on tour for the fifth time with her Foundation’s exclusive soloist ensemble: Mutter’s Virtuosi performed on ten evenings in Aix-en-Provence, Barcelona and eight German cities. Sir André Previn’s Nonet for Two String Quartets and Double Bass opened the concerts, followed by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Double Concerto for Two Violins as well as Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The Previn Nonet—commissioned by the violinist for Mutter’s Virtuosi and dedicated to her—had its world premiere in Edinburgh on August 26, 2015; it was first performed at all the concert halls of this tour.
At the memorial concert for Kurt Masur at Leipzig’s Gewandhaus on April 16, Mutter will perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Michael Sanderling. She also recorded this classic of the violin repertoire in 2009—with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Kurt Masur.
Anne-Sophie Mutter performs the Violin Concerto by Antonín Dvořák—released on CD with the Berlin Philharmonic and Manfred Honeck in 2013—again with Manfred Honeck in 2016: in Prague he conducts the Czech Philharmonic and in Munich in June the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Three exceptional soloists will tour Europe together for the first time in May, when the “Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio” appears in Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain. The exceptional ensemble performs Ludwig van Beethoven’s Archduke Trio and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A-Minor Op. 50.
The subsequent recitals in Germany, France, Luxemburg, Austria and Switzerland take Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis into the 28th year of their musical partnership. During these concerts in June 2016, they will perform works by Sebastian Currier, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel and Camille Saint-Saëns. Their recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin won a Grammy Award and their recording of Mozart’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin with the prize of the French magazine Le Monde de la Musique.
At the Lucerne Summer Festival, Anne-Sophie Mutter appears in September with the Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy under Alan Gilbert. The program includes the Violin Concerto To the Memory of an Angel by Alban Berg as well as Norbert Moret’s En Rêve. Mutter’s recording of Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and James Levine won a Grammy in 1994; she recorded the work En Rêve, which Moret dedicated to her, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa in 1991.
In celebration of the 35-year anniversary of Anne-Sophie Mutter’s debut in Japan, she performs in Tokyo in October with the Vienna Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa and with the New Japan Philharmonic under Christian Macelaru. In addition, the Japanese metropolis will see a guest performance by “Mutter’s Virtuosi” and appearances with Japanese music students. In addition, she embarks upon another Asian tour with Lambert Orkis: in October, these two perfectly attuned musicians perform in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.
A concert tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Robin Ticciati concludes Anne-Sophie Mutter’s 2016 concert calendar: in London, she performs the Beethoven Violin Concerto; in Paris, Vienna and in seven German cities, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto will be heard.
For her numerous recordings, Anne-Sophie Mutter has received four Grammies®, nine Echo Classic Awards, the German Recording Award, the Record Academy Prize, the Grand Prix du Disque and the International Phono Award.
On the occasion of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday in 2006, Anne-Sophie Mutter presented new recordings of Mozart’s complete major compositions for violin. In September 2008 her recording of Gubaidulina’s Violin Concerto In tempus praesens as well as the Bach Violin Concerti in A-Minor and E-Major was released. During the Mendelssohn anniversary year of 2009, Anne-Sophie Mutter paid very personal homage to the composer, uniting solo concerto repertoire and chamber music on CD and DVD: the Violin Sonata in F-Major written in 1838, the Piano Trio in D-Minor completed a year later, and the Violin Concerto in E-Minor of 1845. March 2010 saw the release of Anne-Sophie Mutter’s recording of the Brahms Violin Sonatas, performed with Lambert Orkis.
For her 35-year stage anniversary in 2011, Deutsche Grammophon released a comprehensive box set with all of the artist’s DG recordings, extensive documentary material and as-yet unpublished rarities. At the same time, an album of first recordings of pieces dedicated to the violinist by Wolfgang Rihm, Sebastian Currier and Krzysztof Penderecki appeared. In October 2013 Anne-Sophie Mutter presented her first recording of the Dvořák Violin Concerto with conductor Manfred Honeck and the Berlin Philharmonic. In May 2014 a double CD with recordings by Mutter and Orkis followed, commemorating the 25th anniversary of their collaboration: The Silver Album featuring the first recordings of Penderecki’s La Follia and Previn’s Violin Sonata No. 2.
The live recording Anne-Sophie Mutter—Live from Yellow Lounge of her club performance in Berlin in May 2015 was released on CD, vinyl, DVD and Blu-ray disc on August 28, 2015. This is the first live recording ever from a Yellow Lounge. On the podium at Neue Heimat Berlin, Anne-Sophie Mutter was joined by her long-standing piano accompanist Lambert Orkis, “Mutter’s Virtuosi” and the harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. The program covered three centuries of classical music—from Johann Sebastian Bach and Antonio Vivaldi to George Gershwin and John Williams—a combination chosen especially by Anne-Sophie Mutter for the club evenings.
In 2008 the artist founded the “Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation”: the goal of the foundation’s work is to provide further support for an elite of rising young artists worldwide, to which end the violinist had already founded the “Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation e.V.” in 1997.
Anne-Sophie Mutter also takes a keen interest in alleviating medical and social problems of our times. She supports various causes through regular benefit concerts. Thus, in 2016 she will perform for the Foundation of the Ruhr Piano Festival, for the SOS Children’s Villages in Syria and for the Leipzig Refugee Council.
In January, 2015, Anne-Sophie Mutter was named an Honorary Fellow at Oxford University’s Keble College. In October 2013 she became a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, after winning the medal of the Lutoslawski Society (Warsaw) in January. In 2012 the Atlantic Council bestowed the Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award upon her. In 2011 she received the Brahms Prize as well as the Erich Fromm Prize and the Gustav Adolf Prize for her social activism. In 2010 the Technical-Scientific University of Norway in Trondheim bestowed an honorary doctorate upon her; in 2009 she won the European St. Ulrich Award as well as the Cristobal Gabarron Award. In 2008 Anne-Sophie Mutter was the recipient of the International Ernst von Siemens Music Prize as well as the Leipzig Mendelssohn Prize.
The violinist has been awarded the German Grand Order of Merit, the French Medal of the Legion of Honour, the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, and numerous other honours.
Lambert Orkis has received international recognition as chamber musician, interpreter of contemporary music, and performer on period instruments. He has appeared worldwide with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter since 1988 and performed in recital with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich for more than eleven years.
His distinguished career includes appearances with cellists Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma, Daniel Müller-Schott, and Han-Na Chang, violinist Julian Rachlin, and violist Steven Dann, and he has performed with the Vertavo, Emerson, American, Mendelssohn, Curtis, and Manchester String Quartets. As soloist he has made appearances with conductors including Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Günther Herbig, Kenneth Slowik, John Mauceri, Robert Kapilow, Leon Fleisher, and others.