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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 Berliner Philharmoniker under Herbert von Karajan at the 1977 Salzburg Whitsun Festival, Ms. Mutter has frequently performed with the world’s greatest orchestras—including the Staatskapelle Berlin, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra—and has collaborated with the most prominent composers and musicians of our time.
Ms. Mutter opened the 2017–2018 season at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Ball concert 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 Sydney Symphony Orchestra this spring.
Throughout the season, Ms. Mutter commemorates Krzysztof Penderecki’s 85th birthday by performing his works across the US and Europe with her longtime collaborator pianist Lambert Orkis and bassist Roman Patkoló, as well as with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.
Ms. Mutter has given world premieres of 25 works by composers such as Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, and Wolfgang Rihm. In 1997, she founded the Association of Friends of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, to which the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation was added in 2008. Ms. Mutter recently recorded Vivaldi’s The 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 pianist Daniil Trifonov was released in November 2017. A recording of all the works Penderecki has dedicated to her is scheduled for release in the summer of 2018.
Ms. Mutter has been awarded the Bavarian State Foundation cultural award, Romanian Order of Cultural Merit, French Order of Arts and Literature, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum (for her services to music education and young artists), and Siemens Music Prize.
Lambert Orkis’s musical interests encompass traditional and contemporary music performed on modern and period instruments. His substantial career includes more than 11 years of international touring as partner to cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. For 28 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 of Mozart (Choc de l’année award), Beethoven (Grammy Award), and Brahms.
Mr. Orkis’s distinguished career includes appearances with cellists Lynn Harrell, Anner Bylsma, and Daniel Müller-Schott; violinist Julian Rachlin; and violist Steven Dann. He has performed with the Vertavo, Emerson, American, Mendelssohn, Curtis, and Manchester string quartets. As a soloist, he has appeared with conductors who include Christoph Eschenbach, Leonard Slatkin, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Günther Herbig, Robert Kapilow, Leon Fleisher, and Kenneth Slowik.
Mr. Orkis has premiered and recorded compositions by 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 recorded—on both modern and period instruments—Beethoven’s complete works for piano and cello for the Sono Luminus label.
A frequent adjudicator and instructor, Mr. Orkis has participated as a distinguished performing artist and teacher for Musica Viva Australia, and twice served as juror and performer at the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition and Festival; he has also served as adjudicator for the Kennedy Center Friedheim Award competition. As an honored artist at Taiwan’s New Aspect International Arts Festival, he performed and presented master classes in Taipei.
Mr. Orkis appears internationally as an orchestral soloist, performs and records as a member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players and the Smithsonian Institution’s Castle Trio (period instruments), and holds positions as 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 of the Federal Republic of Germany.