Anne-Sophie Mutter to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall Recital Debut, 12/14
On Saturday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m., violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter gives a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of her Carnegie Hall recital debut with pianist Lambert Orkis. The performance, which also pays tribute to the duo's longtime artistic partnership, features world premieres by composers Krzysztof Penderecki and André Previn, commissioned by Ms. Mutter.
A champion of contemporary violin compositions, the renowned violinist performs the world premiere of La Follia for Solo Violin, by composer Krzysztof Penderecki. Joined by Mr. Orkis, Ms. Mutter gives the world premiere of André Previn's Second Violin Sonata. The piece, which was written for Ms. Mutter, will be the sixth she has premiered by the composer. In addition to the new works, Ms. Mutter and Mr. Orkis will perform Lutoslawski's Partita, Saint-Saëns's Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75, and Schubert's Fantasy in C Major, D. 934.
Ms. Mutter gave her Carnegie Hall recital debut on Wednesday, December 14, 1988. Accompanied by Mr. Orkis, she performed a program of Franck, Tartini, Beethoven, and Ravel. The two frequent collaborators have recorded multiple albums for Deutsche Grammophon, including a 1999 album of Beethoven sonatas, which won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Over the past quarter century, they have appeared together on concert stages all over the world.
For more than 35 years, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has sustained a career of exceptional musicianship with an unwavering commitment to the future of classical music. Since her international debut at the Lucerne Festival in 1976, Ms. Mutter has appeared in all the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. In addition to performing and recording the established masterpieces of the violin repertoire, Ms. Mutter is an avid champion of 20th- and 21st-century violin repertoire in both orchestral and chamber music settings. Ms. Mutter has had works composed for her by Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutoslawski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn, and Wolfgang Rihm. She also devotes her time to numerous charity projects and supports the development of young, exceptionally talented musicians.
During 2013, Ms. Mutter has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck; the London Philharmonic Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin; the Dresden Philharmonic with Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos; and performed Dvo?ák's Violin Concerto with Andris Nelsons and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Mutter performed the world premiere of Sebastian Currier's "Ringtone Variations," a work commissioned by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, providing the prelude for an Asian Tour with Mutter's Virtuosi-an ensemble consisting of current and former scholarship students of the ASM Foundation. Ms. Mutter was awarded the Atlantic Council's 2012 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award for her encouragement of young music talent through the ASM Foundation and was inducted as a 2013 Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The violinist released her debut recording of Dvo?ák's Violin Concerto in November on the Deutsche Grammophon label with Manfred Honeck leading the Berliner Philharmoniker. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Ms. Mutter's stage debut, Deutsche Grammophon released a comprehensive box set with all of her DG recordings, extensive documentation and previously unpublished rarities.
Pianist Lambert Orkis has received international recognition as chamber musician, interpreter of contemporary music, and performer on period instruments. 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. He has performed with the Vertavo, Emerson, American, Mendelssohn, Curtis, and Manchester String Quartets. As soloist he has made appearances with conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Günther Herbig, Kenneth Slowik, John Mauceri, Robert Kapilow, and Leon Fleisher.
A Grammy Award winner, his discography comprises works of the Classical, Romantic, and modern eras on many labels, including Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Classics, ATMA Classique, and Bridge Records. Mr. Orkis is a founding member and fortepianist of the Smithsonian Institution's Castle Trio and has held the position of Principal Keyboard of Washington's National Symphony Orchestra since 1982. He is also a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players and has appeared with this ensemble numerous times, recording with them on the Dorian label. He is Professor of Piano at Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, and has received the university's Faculty Award for Creative Achievement. In acknowledgment of his accomplishments, he was recently honored with Germany's prestigious Cross of the Order of Merit.
Single tickets, priced $40 to $120, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.
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