The German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has been named musician of the year by Musical America, the industry publication. Mutter was awarded the honor for her mastery of the standard repertoire, and being "a favorite muse among contemporary composers, having premiered some 17 works in all, from André Previn to Sofia Gubaidulina," notes an article on the publication's web site.
Mutter, 47, will grace the cover of the 2011 Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts, often referred to in the business as the "bible" of the industry, with its comprehensive data bases and contact listings. This season Mutter is also the New York Philharmonic's artist in residence and will perform with orchestra members on 13 occasions as both soloist and/or conductor.
Musical America also announced that Thomas Adès had been named its composer of the year; Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos was chosen conductor of the year; the baritone Simon Keenlyside was named vocalist of the year and Vivian Perlis, the founder of Yale University’s Oral History of American Music, its educator of the year.
All will receive their awards at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 13.