"Mutter was born in Germany in 1963. When she was 13, conductor Herbert von Karajan invited her to play with the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1977, she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival and with the English Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. At 15, Mutter made her first recording of the Mozart
Third and Fifth violin concertos with von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic.
In 1988, she made a grand tour of Canada and the United States, playing for the first time at Carnegie Hall. In 1998 she played and recorded for CD and DVD the complete set of Beethoven's
Violin Sonatas, accompanied by Lambert Orkis; these were broadcast on television in many countries.
Though her repertoire includes many classical works, Mutter is particularly known for her performances of contemporary music. A number of pieces have been specially written for or dedicated to her, including Henri Dutilleux's Sur le même accord
, Krzysztof Penderecki's Second Violin Concerto and Wolfgang Rihm's Gesungene Zeit
("Time Chant"). In August 2007, she premiered Sofia Gubaidulina's Violin Concerto No. 2 "In tempus präsens
", and Witold Lutosławski orchestrated his Partita for her.
She owns two Stradivarius violins, the Emiliani of 1703 and the Lord Dunn-Raven Stradivarius of 1710."