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Anne-Sophie Mutter's Biography
Anne-Sophie Mutter was Born in Rheinfelden in Baden. She embarked on her international career as a soloist in 1976 at the Lucerne Festival and a year later made her Salzburg debut at the Whitsun Concerts under Herbert von Karajan, followed by appearances in the US (1980), Japan (1981) and Russian (1985). She made her first recording with Deutsche Grammophon at the age of 14 with Mozart Violin Concertos nos. 3 and 5 with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic; in the years that followed she recorded concertos by Beethoven (1985), Brahms (1982, 1983), Bruch (1981) and Mendelssohn (1980, 2008).

The violinist has also committed herself to alleviating the medical and social problems of our times and gives regular benefit concerts to this end. She has been the recipient of numerous important honors and distinctions, including the Order of the Republic of Germany (First Class), the Bavarian Order of Merit, the Baden-W├╝rttemberg Medal of Merit and the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art. In 2002 she was awarded the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Arts and the Munich Cultural Prize of Honour. In 2003 the Bavarian State Ministry of Research and Art bestowed on her the "Pro Meritis Scientiae et Litterarum" distinction, in 2005 she was made an "Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Minister of Culture and in 2006 she received the Victoire de la Musique in Strasbourg. In 2008 Mutter was awarded the international Ernst von Siemens Music Prize and donated half of the prize money to the "Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation." The same year she also received Leipzig's Mendelssohn Prize for "her unique musicality and interpretational skill, and her untiring services to classical music." Her recordings have been crowned with innumerable prizes.
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