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Stunning Grammy Award-Winning German Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter Makes Her Royce Hall Recital Debut Feb. 24


"An almost unimaginably high level of technical ease, power andglamour . breathtaking." -- The Boston Globe

UCLA Performing Arts presents one of the most gifted and exciting youngviolinists today, Anne-Sophie Mutter, in her recital debut at UCLA's RoyceHall on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. This concert features a CenterStagediscussion at 7 p.m. with John Santana, Classical 105.1 FM, KKGO.

Mutter will be accompanied by pianist Lambert Orkis. In a program celebratingthe development of violin literature during the 20th century, they willperform Arvo Pärt's "Fratres" (1980); Dmitri Shostakovich'sTrio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (featuring cellist Daniel Mueller-Schott);Igor Stravinsky's "Suite Italienne" (1932), arranged by Dushkin;and Sergei Prokofiev's Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 94.

Mutter's remarkable career began at the age of 13 when she appearedas soloist with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic at the1977 Salzburg Whitsun Festival. Since then she has been in demand as anorchestral soloist and chamber musician in major musical centers throughoutEurope, the Americas and the Far East. Mutter's millennial celebrationof 20th-century violin literature opened in New York with six concertswith Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic and two recitals in CarnegieHall. She repeats the festival in London, Stuttgart and Frankfurt withMasur and the London Symphony Orchestra and with Amsterdam's ConcertgebouwOrchestra.

In an earlier project, Mutter devoted all of 1998 to playing the 10Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin with Orkis in 50 cities worldwide.The complete cycle has since been recorded and released on Deutsche Grammophon.

In 1999, Mutter performed with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh,Minnesota and Boston. She then toured Europe with the Trondheim Soloists,with whom she recorded "Four Seasons" and Tartini's "TheDevil's Trill," released on DG in fall 1999. After recitals in theFar East, Mutter joined Masur and the World Youth Orchestra for a Europeantour that included the opening of the Berlin season and a concert in Leipzigto aid the restoration of the Thomaskirche. The two musicians also collaboratedat the Lucerne Music Festival in September to commemorate the 10th anniversaryof Herbert von Karajan's death, and opened the Orchestre de Paris seasonon September 15. Two weeks later she opened the London Symphony Orchestraseason with Sir Colin Davis.

An ardent champion of contemporary music, Mutter has premiered workswritten for her by Witold Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, NorbertMoret and Sebastian Currier. Over the new few years she will premiere concertosby Pierre Boulez and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Mutter's long list of recording honors includes several Grammy Awards,the Grand Prix du Disque and Holland's Edison Award. She holds the Orderof Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. She also holds the Order ofMerit of Bavaria and of Baden-Wuertemberg.

As chamber musician, soloist, interpreter of both traditional and contemporarymusic, recitalist with Mutter since 1988, as well as with cellist MstislavRostropovich since 1983, Lambert Orkis has received international recognition.

In addition to the recitals and festivals with Mutter, Orkis' 1999-2000season features recitals playing piano and fortepiano in Stuttgart andat the Beethoven Birth House in Bonn, Germany. A special performance inHanoi, Vietnam this spring will be televised nationally. In conjunctionwith Washington's Kennedy Center tricentennial celebration of the inventionof the piano, he will participate as recitalist, as concerto soloist, andin multiple keyboard arrangements with other renowned pianists.

Orkis has premiered the work of many composers, including pieces writtenfor him by George Crumb, James Primosch, Maurice Wright and Richard Wernick,whose award-winning "Piano Concerto" was premiered at the KennedyCenter and at Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra, MstislavRostropovich conducting. Recordings for works written for him by Crumband Wernick have been released by Bridge Records. A multi-Grammy nominee,his discography includes award-winning discs featuring works of the Classical,Romantic and Modern eras on many labels.

This event is sponsored, in part, by Classical 105.1 FM, KKGO.

Tickets to Anne-Sophie Mutter's recital are available for $50, $40,$30 and $16 (to UCLA students with valid full-time I.D.) at the UCLA CentralTicket Office at the southwest corner of the James West Alumni Center,online at and at all Ticketmaster outlets.For more information or to charge by phone, call UCLA at (310) 825-2101.

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