Performance Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 8 PM

Anne-Sophie Mutter

The Annual Isaac Stern Memorial Concert

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The Washington Post wrote of violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, “She plays anything and everything, with scalding beauty.” Ms. Mutter performs sonatas by Beethoven and Franck, while continuing her commitment to living composers in works written for her by Sebastian Currier and André Previn.

The contemporary works on this program are part of My Time, My Music.


  • Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
  • Lambert Orkis, Piano
  • Roman Patkoló, Double Bass


  • SEBASTIAN CURRIER Ringtone Variations (US Premiere)
  • ANDRÉ PREVIN Tango Song and Dance
  • FRANCK Violin Sonata in A Major
  • BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"

  • Encore:
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Mélodie from Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two and one-half 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, Costa Mesa, and Sonoma, and joins 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 social problems. Her benefit concerts-which number 62 to date-have raised funds for a host 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 inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as a Foreign Honorary Member.

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  • Lambert Orkis

    The musical interests of Lambert Orkis encompass traditional and contemporary music performed on modern and period instruments. For more than 11 years, he toured internationally with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, and for 26 years, he has appeared with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in the world's finest performance venues. Their many recordings and DVDs for Deutsche Grammophon include The Silver Album released this year, and the complete sonatas by Mozart (Choc de l'année Award), Beethoven (Grammy Award), and Brahms.

    Mr. Orkis's distinguished career has included appearances with cellists Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma, and Daniel Müller-Schott; violinist Julian Rachlin; and violist Steven Dann. He has also performed with the Vertavo, Emerson, American, Mendelssohn, Curtis, and Manchester string quartets. As a soloist, he has made appearances with conductors who include 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 performed on both modern and period instruments in 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 in 2013 and has twice served as juror for Norway's Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and Festival. The American Fine Arts Festival and the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award 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 Chamber Music Society's Castle Trio (period instruments), and holds the positions of principal keyboard player 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 of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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  • Roman Patkoló

    Roman Patkoló graduated in 1997 from theHochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, where he studied under Klaus Trumpf. From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Patkoló acted as professor at his alma mater. Since 2009, he has taught at the Basel Music Academy in Switzerland.

    Mr. Patkoló has won various prizes, including first prize at the International J. M. Sperger Double Bass Competition, the European Culture Promotion Prize, the L. Rajter Prize, the Aida Stucki Prize, and the City of Toronto's Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize, upon the recommendation of Sir André Previn.

    Thanks to the initiative of Anne-Sophie Mutter, contemporary composers such Mr. Previn, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, and Sebastian Currier recently composed new duets for violin and double bass. In 2007, Ms. Mutter and Mr. Patkoló premiered Mr. Previn's Double Concerto for Violin and Bass in Boston with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mr. Previn himself. The European premiere of the work with the London Symphony Orchestra was met with great critical acclaim. Between 2011 and 2013, Mr. Patkoló and Ms. Mutter premiered Rihm's and Penderecki's duets and Currier's Ringtone Variations.

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Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin | Lambert Orkis, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

SEBASTIAN CURRIER  Ringtone Variations

Scored for the unusual combination of violin and double bass, Ringtone Variations is the latest of several works that American composer Sebastian Currier has written for Anne-Sophie Mutter. In basing his piece on a generic cellphone ringtone, Currier characteristically blends an icon of contemporary culture with a more traditional musical element—in this case, Baroque variation form.

ANDRÉ PREVIN  Tango Song and Dance

André Previn has long straddled the worlds of popular and classical music. In Tango Song and Dance, a languorous pop-style ballad is bracketed by a pair of explosively exuberant dances. Dedicated to Ms. Mutter, this engaging showpiece showcases the violinist’s versatile virtuosity as well as her expressive lyricism.

CÉSAR FRANCK  Violin Sonata in A Major

The luxuriantly romantic Violin Sonata in A Major is considered by many to be Franck’s masterpiece. Composed for violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, it has been enthusiastically appropriated by cellists, violists, and flutists as well. The sonata’s centerpiece is a freely declamatory slow movement in which the two players meditate upon previously presented material.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer”

The bracingly virtuosic “Kreutzer” is the last of nine sonatas for violin and piano that Beethoven composed between 1797 and 1803. By rights, it should be called the “Bridgetower” Sonata, since Beethoven wrote it for English violinist George Bridgetower. After the two men had a falling out, the composer switched the dedication to French virtuoso Rodolphe Kreutzer—who, ironically, never played it in public.

Program Notes


Anne-Sophie Mutter Introduces Her 2014-2015 Perspectives Series

Perspectives: Anne-Sophie Mutter
This performance is part of Great Artists II, and Perspectives: Anne-Sophie Mutter.

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