Violin virtuoso to mark 30 years of playing with a concert in Seoul

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Violin virtuoso to mark 30 years of playing with a concert in Seoul

For Anne-Sophie Mutter, the German violin virtuoso, this year is a big one. Not only does Ms. Mutter celebrate the 30th anniversary of her official debut, it’s also the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.
Mutter recently recorded three albums, collectively titled “Mozart Project,” in which she played the complete cycle of Mozart’s violin concertos, trios and sonatas.
The albums with concertos and trios were released in Korea in October and January, respectively, but the one on sonatas was just released yesterday, Universal Music Korea announced.
To promote the latest album, Mutter has embarked on an Asian tour; along with pianist Lambert Orkis, who has been with Mutter since 1988. The pair are coming to Seoul to perform a violin recital on Sunday.
“[Since I was 13,] Mozart has always been present on a daily basis in my life. I’ve never stopped thinking about him, and I’ve always been trying out new ways to get closer to him,” Mutter wrote on her Web site. “He’s the composer I have grown up with, who was always there waiting for me at every juncture of my career.”
Mutter, born in 1963 in Rheinfelden of Baden-Wurttenberg, southwestern Germany, started playing the violin at the age of five. Mutter made her debut in 1976 at the Lucerne Festival, when she was discovered by the renowned conductor Herbert von Karajan. For her first album, she recorded Mozart’s violin concertos No. 3 and No. 5 with the Berlin Philharmonic and Herbert von Karajan.
Mutter wrote on the Web site that her interpretation of Mozart’s violin pieces has changed. “I hope there will be some positive surprises for the listener, but these recordings are not intended to displace those that already exist,” she wrote.
Mutter recently expanded her career to embrace conducting: She led the Vienna Philharmonic and recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The program for the Seoul performance includes Mozart’s Violin Sonata F-Major KV 376, E flat-Major KV 481, G-Major KV 379, E-minor KV 304 and B flat-Major KV 454.

by Park Sung-ha

The recital starts at 7 p.m. at the Concert Hall in the Seoul Arts Center on Sunday.
Tickets cost 50,000 won ($52) 80,000 won, 120,000 won and 160,000 won.
For ticket information, call (02) 751-9607~9610, or visit or
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