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News release

No.she019January 16, 2020

Suntory Hall Special Stage 2020
Anne-Sophie Mutter
Beethoven 250th Anniversary
20-24 February 2020

On 20, 22, 24 February 2020, Suntory Hall presents three concerts featuring Anne-Sophie Mutter, as part of ‘Suntory Hall Special Stage 2020’.

Special Stage is an occasion where internationally famed artists are featured through a series of concerts that highlight the diverse aspects of their distinguished career. German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is the chosen artist for 2020. Previously she appeared in ‘Suntory Hall Special Stage 2016’, which celebrated the hall’s 30th Anniversary, as soloist in the Gala Concert with the Wiener Philharmoniker (conducted by Zubin Mehta and Seiji Ozawa). In 2020, she returns to the Special Stage with a special programme celebrating the 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. Each concert focuses on an aspect of Beethoven’s music: concertos (20 February), chamber music (22 February), and violin sonatas (24 February).
Mutter will also hold a master class with the fellows of the Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy (21 February), as part of her commitment to supporting the next generation of musicians.

As is well known, Anne-Sophie Mutter’s talents were spotted by legendary conductor, Herbert von Karajan, and she first performed under his baton at the age of thirteen. Since then, she has led an unrivalled career as a top-class musician. The four-time Grammy Award winner, she has been hailed for her tonal richness, perfect technique, dynamic expression and deep musicality. She is a hugely popular artist worldwide, and also recognised for her dedication to educational and charity projects.
Mutter is a recipient of numerous international awards. In recent years, she has been honoured with the Commander of the French Order of the Arts and Literature in 2017, the Polar Music Prize (Sweden), so-called the Nobel Prize of Music, in June 2019, and Japan’s prestigious arts prize, Praemium Imperiale (music category) in October 2019.

This three-day Special Stage at Suntory Hall will be an unmissable occasion to experience her artistry at the height of a distinguished career.

  • The Night of Concerto
    Thursday, 20 February 2020 7pm Main Hall

    Beethoven:
    ‘Coriolan’ Overture, Op. 62
    Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
    Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello in C Major, Op. 56

    Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Cello: Daniel Müller-Schott
    Piano: Lambert Orkis
    Conductor: Cristian Măcelaru
    New Japan Philharmonic
  • The Evening of Chamber Music
    Saturday, 22 February 2020 4pm Main Hall

    Beethoven: String Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 3
    Jörg Widmann: ‘Studie über Beethoven (Study on Beethoven)’ 6. Streichquartett [World Premiere]
    Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74, ‘Harp’

    Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter, Ye-Eun Choi
    Viola: Vladimir Babeshko
    Cello: Daniel Müller-Schott
  • Violin Recital
    Monday, 24 February 2020 2pm Main Hall

    Beethoven:
    Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
    Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, ‘Spring’
    Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, ‘Kreutzer’

    Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Piano: Lambert Orkis

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