Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter is an omnivore: She plays everything from Vivaldi and Beethoven to recent works by Gubaidulina and Currier, allied to an Old World pedigree, top-end technique and sleek, unapologetic glamour. This season Mutter is stretching out further. As the New York Philharmonic's artist in residence, she is performing with orchestra members on 13 occasions as both soloist and/or conductor. In November she was named Musician of the Year by Musical America, the industry publication.
Mutter recently stopped by the WQXR studios to talk with Naomi Lewin about her favorite recordings, a new award that she's giving out in honor of her teacher, and wearing "shoulder-free dresses."
Her favorite recordings and a love of jazz:
Establishing the first Aida Stucki Award, named in honor of her teacher:
The challenges of contemporary music, for musician and audience:
The "packaging" of female soloists and taking on new roles as a violinist:
Stay tuned to WQXR for more with Anne-Sophie Mutter: She'll share her top five recordings of all time.
With production support from Brian Wise and Matt Abramovitz