Charles Mutter was born in 1970, in Sussex. He studied with Anthony Stevenson, Andrew Sherwood, Kenneth Piper (while a Junior Exhibitioner at the RCM), David Takeno (while at Jesus College, Cambridge) and Simon Fischer.
After working in London with such ground-breaking groups as the Kreisler String
Orchestra, the Smith Quartet and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Charles moved to Scotland. His work as leader of the Edinburgh Quartet (2003-2007) attracted much critical acclaim (including a Gramophone “Editor’s Choice” for their recordings of Hans Gál) and it was at this time that he became artistic director of the Loch Shiel Spring Festival, featured on BBC2’s “Culture Show” and regularly on BBC Radio Scotland. His latest chamber music project is a string trio, Florin.
Charles moved back to London in 2007 to take up the post of Associate Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra. With the BBCCO, he has performed solo works by Beethoven, Bruch, Dvorak, Nico Muhly, Sibelius, Vaughan Williams and Kurt Weill. Other concerto appearances have included Vivaldi at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Brahms with Scottish Sinfonia, Korngold with the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra and double concerti by Brahms, Saint-Saëns and Delius. He is also much in demand elsewhere as a guest leader (Philharmonia, CBSO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and session musician.
Charles’ violin is a copy of the “Lord Wilton” Guarnerius (1742) made for him in 2007 by the brilliant young German luthier, Stephan von Baehr. Its first public appearance was at the 2008 Proms (Bax/Finzi/Elgar).