The world-renown violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter was born in 1963 and grew up in the city of Wehr. She still is very closely connected to her hometown and has been awarded honorary citizenship for her services to Wehr.
First Lessons with Erna Honigberger
Anne-Sophie Mutter had her first violin lessons with Erna Honigberger who herself was a student of Carl Flesch. With only 7 years of age, Anne-Sophie Mutter won the nationwide youth musical competition “Jugend Musiziert”.
Support by Lothar Späth
She was awared honorary citizenship in 1989. The former prime minister of Baden-Württemberg, Lothar Späth, attended the celebration. He has supported the career of Anne-Sophie Mutter ever since. From this support, the exceptionally gifted violinist received a Stradivari. She is still playing on this instrument today.
World star with connection to her home town
Even after becoming a world-renown violin star, mainly due to the support of Herbert von Karajan, Anne-Sophie Mutter is still closely connected with her hometown Wehr. In order to support the efforts of the pastor Paul Gräb and his wife Hanna, she repeatedly plays charity concert.
Paul Gräb and his wife Hanna have built the "Haus der Diakonie" which is a home for people with mental disability in Wehr-Öflingen. With the help of famous artists, they created an incredible atmosphere of art and culture. Paul Gräb's countrywide recognized exhibitions, Anne-Sophie Mutter gained interest in contemporary art (www.kunstunddiakonie.de).
Commitment for People with mental disability
With her charity concerts Anne-Sophie Mutter supports the "Haus der Diakonie" (www.modell-oeflingen.de). It is a home for about 80 people with mental disability. This place is renowned for the artistic commitment to people with mental disability all over the country.
Patron of the „Hanna-und-Paul-Gräb-Stiftung“
Together with Lothar Späth, Anne-Sophie Mutter is part of the foundation board of the "Hanna-und-Paul-Gräb-Stiftung”. She has also taken over the patronage for the foundation. Thus Anne-Sophie Mutter expresses how important the life's work of the “artist pastor” Paul Gräb and his wife Hanna is for her.
Further Information as well as the current concert overview can be found on the website of Anne-Sophie Mutter: