Performance Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 8 PM

The Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio was named for his patron Rudolf of Austria. The large-scale and seamless integration of the three instruments was unprecedented and set the tone for the great trios of Schubert, Brahms, Dvořák, and others. Tchaikovsky’s Trio in A Minor was dedicated to his mentor Nikolai Rubinstein, the founder of the Moscow Conservatory. With its opening “Pezzo elegiaco” (“Elegiac Piece”) and brilliant set of variations on a folk theme, Tchaikovsky’s Trio is an impassioned masterpiece.


  • The Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio
    ·· Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
    ·· Yefim Bronfman, Piano
    ·· Lynn Harrell, Cello


  • BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, "Archduke"
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Trio in A Minor

  • Encore:
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Allegro con brio from Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Anne-Sophie Mutter 

    Anne-Sophie Mutter has been recognized as one of the world's greatest violinists for more than 35 years. A four-time GrammyAward winner, Ms. Mutter has been a champion of contemporary music throughout her career, and her current tally of world premiere performances includes 22 compositions. She has had works composed for her by composers who include Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, André Previn, and Wolfgang Rihm.

    In the 2014-2015 season, Ms. Mutter curates a six-concert series at Carnegie Hall as a Perspectives artist; makes guest appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and London Symphony Orchestra; and tours with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, New World Symphony, and Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra. In addition, she embarks on a six-city tour with the Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio to Montreal, New York, Northridge (California), Santa Barbara, Scottsdale, and Sonoma, and joined her string ensemble, the Mutter Virtuosi, on its first North American tour to Chicago, Toronto, Atlanta, Naples, Kansas City, and Washington, DC.

    Ms. Mutter has long used her public profile to support and promote charitable causes, notably those associated with the alleviation of medical and socialproblems. Her benefit concerts-which number 62 to date-have raised funds for ahost of organizations worldwide. Ms. Mutter's many awards and honors reflect the nature of her humanitarian work as well as the excellence of her artistry. She received the prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in 2008, the Legion of Honour in 2009 for services to contemporary French music, and the 2011 Erich-Fromm-Preis for the advancement of humanism through social engagement. Additional honors include the Merit Cross 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Mendelssohn and Brahms prizes, the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize, and the Bavarian Order of Merit. In 2013, Ms. Mutter was inductedinto the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a Foreign Honorary Member, and in January 2015, she was named an Honorary Fellow at Oxford University's Keble College.

    Yefim Bronfman  

    Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most virtuosic performing pianists today. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, orchestral engagements, or growing catalogue of recordings.

    Mr. Bronfman's 2014-2015 season began with engagements at the Tanglewood, Aspen, Vail, La Jolla, and Santa Fe music festivals, and included performances with the symphonies of Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh, as well as the New World Symphony, The MET Orchestra, and the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics. He performed the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Jörg Widmann with the Berliner Philharmoniker in December, and played Magnus Lindberg's Concerto No. 2 with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. With The Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, he played and recorded both Brahms concertos, repertoire he also performed at Milan's La Scala with Valery Gergiev.

    Other engagements include recitals and orchestral concerts in Japan with London's Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as performances in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Sydney, and Melbourne. In the spring, he joins Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lynn Harrell for their first US tour together.

    Mr. Bronfman was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1991 and the Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance from Northwestern University in 2010. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for his Deutsche Grammophon recording of Esa-Pekka Salonen's Piano Concerto, and he won a Grammy in 1997 for his recording with Mr. Salonen of the three Bartók concertos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was nominated for a 2013 Grammy with the New York Philharmonic for their recording of Magnus Lindberg's Second Piano Concerto, commissioned for him by that orchestra in 2012.

    Born in Tashkent in the former Soviet Union, Mr. Bronfman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973. He studied with pianist Arie Vardi, head of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University. In the US, he studied at The Juilliard School, Marlboro, and the Curtis Institute, as well as with Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher, and Rudolf Serkin.

    Mr. Bronfman is a Steinway Artist.

    Lynn Harrell  

    Lynn Harrell is a frequent guest of many leading American orchestras, including those of Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. In Europe, he partners with the orchestras of London, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, and Zurich. He has also toured extensively to Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. He regularly collaborates with such noted conductors as James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman.

    Mr. Harrell's recent highlights include the premiere of Augusta Read Thomas's cello concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, closing The MET Orchestra's 2013-2014 season alongside James Levine, appearing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the late Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, a European tour with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly, concerts with the China Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek, and appearances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

    A summer festival veteran, Mr. Harrell has appeared at the Verbier, Grand Teton, Tanglewood, and Aspen festivals, the latter relationship spanning more than 60 years.

    Upcoming highlights for Mr. Harrell include performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as an appearance on the cello panel of Moscow's International Tchaikovsky Competition, with connecting engagements with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

    A highly accomplished recording artist, Mr. Harrell's extensive discography of more than 30 recordings includes the complete Bach cello suites (London/Decca) and two Grammy-winning recordings with Itzhak Perlman and Vladimir Ashkenazy-in 1981 for the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio and in 1987 for the complete Beethoven piano trios (both Angel/EMI).

    Mr. Harrell plays a 2008 Dungey cello. He makes his home in Santa Monica, California. 

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At a Glance

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke”

Dedicated to Beethoven’s patron and pupil Archduke Rudolf, second in line to the Austro-Hungarian throne, the “Archduke” Trio is the last and most overtly symphonic of the composer’s seven canonic piano trios (excluding variations, arrangements, and juvenilia). Along with such expansive and formally innovative works as the “Emperor” Piano Concerto, the “Hammerklavier” Piano Sonata, and the Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major—all dedicated to Rudolf—it exemplifies the “heroic” style of Beethoven’s so-called middle period. In one of his last public appearances as a pianist, the nearly deaf composer joined violinist Ignaz Schuppanzigh and cellist Josef Linke at the trio’s premiere in Vienna on April 11, 1814.

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY  Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50

Despite his proven ability to write effectively for both piano and string instruments, Tchaikovsky had misgivings about combining them in a chamber ensemble. “The warm and singing tone of the violin and the cello sounds limited beside that king of instruments, the pianoforte; while the latter strives in vain to prove that it can sing like its rivals,” he observed. “There is always something artificial about a pianoforte trio, each of the three instruments being continually called upon to express what the composer imposes on it, rather than what lies within its characteristic utterance.” Fortunately, Tchaikovsky set his reservations aside in composing the A-Minor Piano Trio as a memorial for pianist Nikolai Rubinstein. All three instruments preserve their distinctive personalities, while blending their voices in a passionately lyrical utterance.

Program Notes


Perspectives: Anne-Sophie Mutter
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