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Mutter to perform Brahms in town

GERMAN violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter will perform Brahms' violin and piano sonatas with her long-time partner, piano maestro Lambert Orkis, at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center next Thursday.

The highlight of the show will be Brahms violin and piano sonatas "No. 1 in G Major," "No. 2 in A Major" and "No. 3 in D Minor."

It will be Mutter's third appearance in Shanghai since her debut in 2006 at the Pudong venue.

Orkis, who is principal keyboardist for the US National Symphony Orchestra, has performed worldwide with distinguished musicians before heads of state.

"I hope to bring an excellent show and the best representation of Brahms' violin works to Shanghai," says Mutter.

In September 2009, she asked a Chinese man in the audience to leave because he took a picture during her performance, and the shutter click could be heard.

"There is no short-cut to success. The only way is practicing hard," Mutter has said.

Mutter is also deeply involved in music education and promoting young artists. She runs the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation that buys instruments, gives commission to promising composers, arrange tutoring for scholars, produces CDs and takes young musicians on tour. She also teaches.

"I am looking for musicians with their own, well-thought-out musical point of view on a piece that draws on music history," she says.

Performance venues in China are "more and more beautiful and audiences are more and more sophisticated about classical music," she says.

Date: April 15, 7:30pm

Address: 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong

Tickets: 200-1,280 yuan

Tel: 6854-1234


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