Anne-Sophie Mutter: Violinist of passion

Musical Trajectories: Outstanding Women

Anne-Sophie Mutter took her first violin lesson at the age of five and a half. Only nine months later, she won her first competition. “The first time I held the violin to my shoulder, it felt natural. I absolutely, passionately wanted to play the violin.” A child prodigy and an artist of extraordinary gifts, Anne-Sophie Mutter is also a dedicated advocate of humanitarian causes and supports young artists through her foundation “Freundeskreis des Anne-Sophie Mutter Stiftung e.V.” Montreal audiences will have the privilege of hearing this superb musician perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the OSM conducted by Cristian Măcelaru, on September 24 and 25.

A pivotal encounter

When Herbert von Karajan discovered Anne-Sophie Mutter in 1976, it was a breakthrough. The violinist’s career took a decisive turn under the guidance of this great conductor who would become her mentor. Two years later, at the age of 15, she made a recording of Mozart’s concertos with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Karajan, and the following year she recorded Beethoven’s Violin Concerto.

Anne-Sophie Mutter has been recording and performing internationally for the past 40 years, and Montreal is one of her stopovers this September. She performed with the OSM in 1989, 2009 and 2010 under the direction of Kent Nagano, and in March 2019 she also appeared in the OSM’s “Recitals” series with pianist Lambert Orkis, to wide acclaim. It is Beethoven who reunites this virtuoso violinist and the OSM for her next concert in Montreal.

Mutter and Beethoven: a long-standing alliance

Beethoven’s Violin Concerto permeated Anne-Sophie Mutter’s childhood. She listened to it regularly and studied it more than any other concerto, to the extent that it has become a signature work in her repertoire. And yet it has not yielded up all its secrets and for this artist, each performance is a process of discovery.

An accomplished musician and voracious reader, Anne-Sophie Mutter admires literary Romantic heroines such as Effi Briest and Madame Bovary, women who lived with intensity and marked society in their time. Thrill to this exciting encounter between Beethoven, Anne-Sophie Mutter and the OSM.


“I became a musician because I wanted to change the world through music, to unite everyone with the same emotion, at the same moment, through a work by Beethoven.”

– Anne-Sophie Mutter