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.
As Associate Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Charles has performed and recorded solo works by Armstrong Gibbs, Beethoven, Bruch, Dvorak, Elgar, Muhly, Sibelius, Vaughan Williams and Weill. Other concerto appearances have included Vivaldi at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Brahms and Tchaikovsky with Scottish Sinfonia, Korngold with the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra and double concerti by Brahms, Saint-Saëns and Delius. In October 2016 he gave the premiere of Guy Barker’s new concerto, written for him and the BBCCO. He performs Lutoslawski’s “Chain 2” as part of Rambert Dance Company’s new ballet “Life is a Dream”, premiered in London in May 2018..
He is also much in demand elsewhere as a guest leader (Philharmonia, CBSO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and session musician. Arranging is a particular passion of his, and projects have ranged from work on “Emmerdale” to Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. May 2018 saw the premiere of his orchestration of Graham Fitkin’s “Servant”, in Truro Cathedral..
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.