Anne-Sophie Mutter needs another prize like…

Anne-Sophie Mutter needs another prize like…


norman lebrecht

January 12, 2023

The retiring Franz-Xaver Ohnesorg of the Ruhr Piano Festival has made his parting act a special award to a violinist.

‘It’s the 15th time she’s here with us,’ he said ‘and each of her performances is a unique experience. In March 2022, weeks into the war, she gave a benefit concert for Ukrainian children. She is now being honoured by a piano festival…

Who gets most out of giving her a questionable prize?

Ohnesorg is a former boss of Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonic.


  • Susan says:

    He was never „boss“ of the Berlin Philharmonic but rather the Kölner Philharmonie.
    It pains me to always find spelling mistakes in almost every article (which often don’t exceed the headlines by more than a few words) as well as highly pixelated photos, but if you now don’t even do your research correctly I fail to understand how you can possibly ask readers to pay for the subscription of such sloppy journalism.

  • A.L. says:

    These institutionalized insiders continuously congratulate, self-congratulate, award and reward each other into insignificance, divorced from meaning and relevance.

  • drummerman says:

    Norman, why not just say “mazel tov” and let it go. No need to disparage a wonderful artist like Ms. Mutter.

    • Barry Guerrero says:

      To take Norman’s side for once, I don’t think he’s saying that A-S. Mutter isn’t a ‘wonderful artist’. He’s questioning the need and value of lauding her with endless prizes. I think it’s a fair question.

  • mem says:

    ANNE-SOPHIE MUTTER NEEDS ANOTHER PRIZE LIKE … she needs more wobbly vibrato in her playing.

    She is the worst most-active violinist on the circuit. That is to say, there are worse violinists than she, but none as active on the biggest stages as she who is worse, and I think nostalgia for her is giving her concert dates that should otherwise go to better instrumentalists.

    • ASM crap says:

      …And no violinist as boring as A-S-M….(or in the same league maybe that overhyped cretin from Paris R-Capucon).

      • Tamino says:

        WOW the haters have really come out here. Probably other violinists who hate how their lives have been ruined by all the practice since early childhood, and still they are far from being as good as ASM.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Who gets most out of giving her a questionable prize?

    Possibly the Anne Sophie Mutter Foundation, and it’s worthy activities.