Sophie Mutter Returns To California And New York This March

This March, Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to the United States with her longtime collaborator pianist Lambert Orkis in a recital tour celebrating the 85th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki. The two-date tour begins on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 PM in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park, CA. Mutter and Orkis then travel to Carnegie Hall for the second recital on Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 PM in Stern Auditorium, which will feature the world premiere of André Previn's The Fifth Season for Violin and Piano.

Presented as part of Ms. Mutter's season-long celebration of Penderecki's birthday, both recital programs will include performances of his Violin Sonata No. 2.A longtime champion and friend of Penderecki, Ms. Mutter commissioned and premiered the work in 2000. The program on March 2 presents the Violin Sonata No. 2 alongside Brahms's Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. Sonata) and Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, and Bach's Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor. At Carnegie Hall on March 4, Penderecki's Violin Sonata No. 2 will be paired with the world premiere of Sir André Previn's The Fifth Season for Violin and Piano, which was co-commissioned by Ms. Mutter and Carnegie Hall, as well as Bach's Violin Partita No. 2 and Brahms's Violin Sonata No. 2.

In 2016, Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrated the fourth decade of her career as a violin virtuoso and one of the leading International Artists. While fully committed to the performance of traditional composers, Mutter is also a champion of new music, having commissioned and given the world premieres of 25 works by composers including Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutos?awski, Norbert Moret, and Wolfgang Rihm, in addition to Krzysztof Pendercki and Sir André Previn. In the Summer 2018, an album with all the works Penderecki has dedicated to Ms. Mutter, including the first recording of the Violin Sonata No. 2, will be released by Deutsche Gramophon.

Equally dedicated to supporting the next generation of musicians, Mutter founded the "Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation e.V." in 1997, to which the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation was added in 2008. The foundation provides scholarships to young, highly talented violin, viola, cello and contrabass soloists from around the world. Mutter regularly performs with the Mutter Virtuosi, the foundation's exclusive ensemble of fellows.

This recital tour marks 30 years of collaboration between pianist Lambert Orkis and Ms. Mutter, who began performing together regularly in 1988. In 1999, their recording of Beethoven violin sonatas won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. As a recital partner, Orkis has collaborated with Msistlav Rostropovich, Lynn Harrell, Julian Rachlin, Steven Dann, among many others, and has performed with the Emerson, American, Mendelssohn, and Manchester String Quartets. As soloist, Orkis has performed under the batons of Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Günther Herbig, Kenneth Slowik, John Mauceri, and others. Orkis has held the position of Principal Keyboard of Washington's National Symphony Orchestra since 1982. He was recently honored with Germany's Cross of the Order of Merit.

Anne-Sophie Mutter returns to the United States for a two-date recital tour with pianist Lambert Orkis with performances on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 PM in Weill Hall at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA and at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March at 2:00 PM in Stern Auditorium.

ANNE SOPHIE MUTTER 2018 U.S. RECITAL TOUR

March 2, 2018, 7:30 PM

Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin

Lambert Orkis, piano

Brahms Scherzo from F-A-E Sonata
J.S. Bach Partita for Violin No. 2 in D minor
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
Krzysztof Pendercki Violin Sonata No. 2

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March 4, 2018, 2:00 PM

Stern Auditorium

Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

André Previn The Fifth Season for Violin and Piano (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)

J.S. Bach Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor

Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100

Krzysztof Pendercki Violin Sonata No. 2

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ABOUT ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER
In 2016 Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrated 40 years as a leading international violin virtuoso. Since her recital debut at the 1976 Lucerne Festival and solo debut with the BerlinerPhilharmoniker under Herbert von Karajan at the 1977 Salzburg Whitsun Festival, Ms. Mutter has performed frequently with the world's greatest orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, Boston Symphony, Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Symphony, and has collaborated with the most prominent composers and musicians of our time.

Ms. Mutter opened the 2017/18 season at the Chicago Symphony Gala with Riccardo Muti, followed by a return to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. She began 2018 touring Italy and Germany with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and appears with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the Spring 2018.

Throughout the 2017/2018 season, Ms. Mutter commemorates the 85th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki by performing his works in recitals across the U.S. and Europe with her longtime collaborator pianist Lambert Orkis and double bassist Roman Patkoló, as well as with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. On March 4, Mutter and Orkis return to Carnegie Hall with Penderecki's Violin Sonata No. 2 and the world premiere of André Previn's The Fifth Season for violin and piano.

Ms. Mutter has given the world premieres of 25 works by composers including Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutos?awski, Norbert Moret and Wolfgang Rihm. She founded the "Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation e.V." in 1997, to which the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation was added in 2008. Ms. Mutter recently recorded Vivaldi's Four Seasons with The Mutter Virtuosi, the foundation's exclusive ensemble. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Ms. Mutter's recording of Schubert's Trout Quintet featuring Daniil Trifonov was released in November 2017. A recording of all the works Penderecki has dedicated to her is scheduled for release in Summer 2018.

Ms. Mutter has received the Bavarian State Foundation Culture Prize, the Romanian Order of Cultural Merit in the rank of Grand Officer, the insignia of a Commander of the French Order of Arts and Literature, the Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum for her services to music education and young artists, the Siemens Music Prize, and the German Grand Order of Merit.

ABOUT LAMBERT ORKIS

The musical interests of Lambert Orkis encompass traditional and contemporary music performed on modern and period instruments. His substantial career includes more than eleven years of international touring as a partner with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. For thirty years, he has appeared with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter to capacity audiences in the world's finest performance venues. Their many recordings and DVDs for Deutsche Grammophon include The Club Album released last year, and the complete sonatas by Mozart (Choc de l'année Award), Beethoven (Grammy Award), and Brahms.

His distinguished career includes appearances with cellists Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma, and Daniel Müller-Schott, 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 Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Günther Herbig, Robert Kapilow, Leon Fleisher, Kenneth Slowik, and others.

Mr. Orkis has premiered and recorded compositions of numerous composers, including solo works by George Crumb, Richard Wernick, and James Primosch for Bridge Records. With the National Symphony Orchestra's Principal Cellist David Hardy, he performs using both modern and period instruments Beethoven's complete works for piano and cello on the Sono Luminus label.

Mr. Orkis participated as a distinguished performing artist and teacher for Australia's Musica Viva Festival and has twice served as juror of and performed for the Trondheim (Norway) International Chamber Music Competition and Festival. The Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition for Pianists and the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards Competition have engaged him as adjudicator. As an Honored Artist for Taiwan's New Aspect International Music Festival, he performed and presented master classes in Taipei.

He has appeared internationally as orchestral soloist, performs and has recorded as a member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players and the Smithsonian Institution's Castle Trio (period instruments), and holds the positions of Principal Keyboard of the National Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Piano at Temple University in Philadelphia. In acknowledgment of his accomplishments, Mr. Orkis was honored with the Cross of the Order of Merit by the Federal Republic of Germany.

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