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Anne-Sophie Mutter established herself as the leading violinist, mastering the virtuoso concerto and filigree chamber repertoire for her instrument to the highest degree of perfection and performing it time and again before enthusiastic audiences in all the world's major music centers. For her, the Berlin Philharmonie has almost become a second living room: "So many wonderful things happened there, all the recordings, the concerts, the incomparable ensemble [...]. There have been many attempts to copy the hall - Disney Hall in Los Angeles was modeled on the Philharmonie - but in Berlin there is the original with its unique acoustics. The hall is inseparable from the orchestra and will always be my benchmark wherever I play."

Beleuchtete Philharmonie Berlin mit Potsdamer Platz am Abend
Beleuchtete Philharmonie Berlin mit Potsdamer Platz am Abend visitBerlin, Foto Wolfgang Scholvien

Of course, the violinist from Wehr in the Black Forest has one philharmonic date in particular in her memory: December 11, 1976, when Herbert von Karajan invited the then 13-year-old to audition: "Mr. von Karajan had said beforehand that I shouldn't be surprised if he interrupted me and didn't want to hear the whole 20 minutes. But I was allowed to play the piece to the end - and that was not a bad sign. [...] I was already ready to go back when I literally ran into Herr von Karajan in the concert hall. He said, as if nothing was the matter, that he would be happy if we gave a concert together next year at Whitsun at the Salzburg Festival."

A bang that was followed by a phenomenal career: "That day will always remain an absolutely extraordinary event in my life." Just one year after her appearance at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, Anne-Sophie Mutter made her debut under Karajan's baton at the Berlin Philharmonie.

Works performed:

Francesco Maria Veracini
Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo in D major

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo in A minor BWV 1041

André Previn

Johann Sebastian Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major BWV 1048

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2

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Participating artists
Mutter's Virtuosi
Anne-Sophie Mutter
Philharmonie Berlin