Anne-Sophie Mutter: ‘When I was young, there were a lot of Harvey Weinsteins around’
9 April 2018, 14:50
The German violinist told Classic FM ‘women need to be able to lead a professional and private life which is free of power play’.
She spoke to Classic FM ahead of a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrández and the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, at Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre.
“Obviously when I was young, there were a lot of Harvey Weinsteins around, which I was able to escape,” said Mutter. “I’m a very fast runner and I can duck away very fast – and if necessary, I can get a little physical to get the message across.
“But of course, we should not live in a society where this is necessary, and where this has been necessary in order to keep your dignity. Society has to change.”
Anne-Sophie continued: “When [Pablo and I] are playing together, we have to listen to each other while we are playing, or talking, in a musical sense, and take into consideration what the other person has to offer. This, in a way, can help us understand we all have the same needs and rights.
“And yes of course, women need to be able to lead a professional and private life which is free of power plays.”
Watch the full interview and rehearsal clip with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra here: