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Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
Lambert Orkis, Piano

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Anne-Sophie Mutter by Stefan Höderath / DG
Anne-Sophie Mutter’s mastery of a vast range of repertoire makes this an essential recital. She performs two of Mozart’s finest violin sonatas, one of which charts adventurous harmonic territory with its central Andante. Always one to push the harmonic envelope, Debussy’s sonata is marvelously inventive and full of life, while Poulenc’s is laced with tragedy, especially in its grieving outer movements. Passionately committed to the music of our time, Mutter premieres a new work written for her by one of today’s leading composers.


Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin
Lambert Orkis, Piano

Daniel Müller-Schott, Cello


MOZART Violin Sonata in E Minor, K. 304

DEBUSSY Violin Sonata

SEBASTIAN CURRIER Ghost Trio (World Premiere)

MOZART Violin Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454

POULENC Violin Sonata


PREVIN "Spirited" from Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello

PREVIN "Song" from Tango Song and Dance

Event Duration

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

At a Glance

MOZART  Sonata for Piano and Violin in E Minor, K. 304

Mozart’s first publications were two pairs of violin sonatas, K. 6–7 and K. 8–9, which appeared in Paris in 1764. By his 10th birthday, he had composed no fewer than 16 violin sonatas—now classified as juvenilia—to which another 16 “mature” sonatas would be added by 1788. By the end of the E-Minor Sonata, written in 1778, Mozart’s music has plumbed unexpected depths.


DEBUSSY  Sonata for Violin and Piano

Debussy’s last completed work, the Violin Sonata was part of an ambitious project to recapture the clarity and balance that the quintessentially Gallic composer associated with France’s musical patrimony. (On the sonata’s title page, Debussy proudly signed himself as a musicien français.) The colorful, lighthearted score—which he described as “full of a joyous tumult”—betrays no hint of the fatal illness that would end Debussy’s life a few months later.



Written for Anne-Sophie Mutter, this Janus-faced work by American composer Sebastian Currier looks both backward and forward. Its nine short movements are haunted by the “ghosts” of piano trios past, which Currier quotes, queries, and twists tantalizingly out of shape.


MOZART  Sonata for Piano and Violin in B-flat Major, K. 454

Written for Italian virtuoso Regina Strinasacchi, this high-spirited work is concerto-like in the technical demands it makes of the violinist. Unlike Mozart’s earlier violin sonatas that shone the spotlight on the keyboard, K. 454 presents the two players as equal partners. According to legend, the composer performed his part from memory at the premiere.


POULENC  Sonata for Violin and Piano

Poulenc’s characteristically wistful lyricism is on display in this elegantly crafted sonata, written in Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II. The melancholy, faintly Spanish-flavored slow movement was inspired by a line from poet Federico García Lorca: “The guitar makes dreams weep.”


Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter has been an international figure in the world’s major concert halls for more than 40 years, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor, and ...

Anne-Sophie Mutter has been an international figure in the world’s major concert halls for more than 40 years, making her mark on the classical music scene as a soloist, mentor, and visionary. The four-time Grammy Award winner is equally committed to traditional works and the future of music, having given world premieres of 27 works by composers who include Unsuk Chin, Sebastian Currier, Henri Dutilleux, Sofia Gubaidulina, Witold Lutosławski, Norbert Moret, Krzysztof Penderecki, Sir André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm, and John Williams. She also dedicates herself to supporting future generations of musicians through benefit projects and the world-renowned Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

Ms. Mutter’s 2019 concert calendar features performances in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. In December, she will give the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s new string quartet at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. She will give the New York premiere of the work—which was commissioned by and dedicated to her—at Carnegie Hall in January 2020.

Ms. Mutter returns to the United States in July 2019 for two concerts at the Tanglewood Music Festival: one celebrating Sir André Previn, and another featuring selections from her upcoming album Across the Stars in which she will perform works by John Williams in arrangements written especially for her. In September, she will perform selections from the album at Munich’s Königsplatz, marking her first performance as part of an open-air concert. Across the Stars is scheduled to be released by Deutsche Grammophon in September 2019.

In August, Ms. Mutter returns to the Salzburg and Lucerne festivals, performing Sibelius’s Violin Concerto with Daniel Barenboim conducting the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. She also appears with the orchestra in Europe and South America, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and Yo-Yo Ma. She takes The Mutter Virtuosi—the ensemble of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation—on its debut tour in South America. Another thematic focus in 2019 is Mozart’s violin concertos, which she will perform across Europe and the United States.

In March 2018, Ms. Mutter became the first German artist to receive Poland’s Gloria Artis Gold Medal for cultural achievements. In June 2019, she will receive Sweden’s coveted Polar Music Prize. She has previously been awarded the German Grand Order of Merit, French Medal of the Legion of Honour, Bavarian Order of Merit, Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, and numerous other honors.

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Lambert Orkis

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 ...

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 a partner with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. For more than 30 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 complete sonatas of Mozart (Choc de l’année award), Beethoven (Grammy Award), and Brahms; their most recent is Penderecki’s Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano.

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 also has served as adjudicator for piano competitions at Carnegie Hall and 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.

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Daniel Müller-Schott

Daniel Müller-Schott is one of the most sought-after cellists in the world and can be heard on all the great international concert stages. For more than two decades, he has enchanted ...

Daniel Müller-Schott is one of the most sought-after cellists in the world and can be heard on all the great international concert stages. For more than two decades, he has enchanted audiences as an ambassador for classical music in the 21st century.

Mr. Müller-Schott works regularly with internationally renowned orchestras, including those in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, as well as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, London Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, the radio orchestras of Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Leipzig, and Hamburg, and others in Asia and Australia.

Mr. Müller-Schott has appeared in concert with such renowned conductors as Thomas Dausgaard, Christoph Eschenbach, Iván Fischer, Alan Gilbert, Gustavo Gimeno, Bernard Haitink, Neeme Järvi, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Susanna Mälkki, Andris Nelsons, Gianandrea Noseda, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Kirill Petrenko, Michael Sanderling, and Krzysztof Urbański. Composers Sir André Previn and Peter Ruzicka have both dedicated cello concertos to him.

The 2018–2019 season includes concerts with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra. In addition to a solo recital tour in Asia, Mr. Müller-Schott performs in trios with Julia Fischer, Nils Mönkemeyer, Baiba Skride, and Xavier de Maistre. He is artistic director of the 2019 Rügen Classical Music Spring Festival.

Mr. Müller-Schott has already built up a sizeable discography with numerous awards. For his most recent CD, he recorded works by Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, and Rimsky-Korsakov with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and conductor Aziz Shokhakimov.

Mr. Müller-Schott studied under Walter Nothas, Heinrich Schiff, and Steven Isserlis. He was supported by Anne-Sophie Mutter and received the Aida Stucki Prize from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, as well as a year of private tuition under Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1992, he won first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.
He plays the Matteo Goffriller “Ex Shapiro” cello, made in Venice in 1727.

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