G e rman violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, dubbed the Queen of the Violin, compares tackling new works to mountain climbing. But when she tours to Australia, she’ll be revisiting a mountain she first climbed in her youth: Tchaikovsky’s beautiful and formidable Violin Concerto. “The Tchaikovsky, from when I started to play it at the age of 11 or 12 in public, has stayed one of my all-time favourites,” she tells me over the phone from Munich.

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