Anne-Sophie Mutter to launch concert tour at ICE Kraków Congress Centre

Anne-Sophie Mutter – outstanding violinist, 4-times Classical Music Grammy winner and Stradivarius violin owner – will perform in Krakow already on 12 March.

- Anne-Sophie Mutter at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre is an important entry to Poland’s concert line-up for two reasons. First, this will be the opening concert of this wonderful violinist’s Polish tour. The artist will perform in Warsaw, Katowice and Wrocław, but Krakow will host the first concert. For us, it’s a great honour, said Izabela Helbin, Director of the Krakow Festival Office. We are equally proud that this concert will also launch the 2018 ICE Classic cycle. The Auditorium Hall’s great acoustics will cater for perfect reception, and the programme guarantees an unforgettable experience. Already today, I invite all music lovers to join us in Krakow, added Director Helbin.


At the outset of her musical education, Anne-Sophie Mutter attended piano class, but quickly switched to violin. From then on, she established herself by winning young musician contests.

Her breakthrough came after meeting Herbert von Karajan. The conductor invited the 13-year-old to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Two years later, she published her first album: recordings of Mozart’s violin concerts. The German artist’s career continues to flourish to this day.

Anne-Sophie Mutter is a very versatile musician, but her renditions of modern music win greatest praise. Famous composers i.a. Henri Dutilleux, Witold Lutosławski, Sir André Previn, Wolfgang Rihm and John Williams, dedicated their compositions to Anne-Sophie Mutter. Anne-Sophie Mutter shares a special relationship with Krzysztof Penderecki, who wrote a few pieces especially for her.

The concert will take listeners on a journey through musical periods and styles. It will take off with the lively Scherzo in C-minor from the “F-A-E” Violin Sonata by Johannes Brahms. This romantic introduction will be followed by a rare violin-double bass duet. Krzysztof Penderecki wrote Duo concertante especially for Anne-Sophie Mutter to celebrate many years of friendship. Solo violin pieces will be performed after the two duos: J.S. Bach’s Partita no. 2 in D minor and Krzysztof Penderecki’s La Follia. Though roughly 300 years apart, both compositions are variational and refer to Baroque dances. In these pieces, a violinist can bring out the entire sound range of her instrument. The event will end with another Penderecki piece dedicated to the German artist: Sonata no. 2 for violin and piano.

In this diverse concert program, Anne-Sophie Mutter will have every chance to fully present her superior violin technique and virtuosity.

ICE Classic – new cultural brand

The ICE Classic brand is a unique series of classical music concerts performed by outstanding opera soloists, instrumentalists, as well as internationally renowned orchestras and conductors, who deliver highest quality artistic experience to its Krakow audience. All concerts are held at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. The City of Krakow and the Krakow Festival Office are the organisers of this cycle.

ICE Classic: Anne-Sophie Mutter, 12 March 2018 at 7.30 p.m.

The Anne-Sophie Mutter concert is an event accompanying the 22nd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival. Tickets priced PLN 60–140 will be made available on 12 January 2018 at and POS across Poland (i.a. Empik, MediaMarkt, Saturn) and at InfoKrakow points (located at: pl. Wszystkich Świętych 2, ul. Powiśle 11, Rynek Główny 1/3, ul. Józefa 7, ul. Szpitalna 25, ul. św. Jana 2, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 17).

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