Charles Mutter was born in 1970, in East Sussex. As a Junior Exhibitioner at the RCM he studied with Kenneth Piper; he then read Music and English at Jesus College, Cambridge, continuing his studies with David Takeno and Simon Fischer.
Since making his London debut in 1991, Charles has worked with a variety of ground-breaking ensembles, from the Kreisler String Orchestra to John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. He was a member of the Smith Quartet for 10 years; highlights of this period included performing above the tracks at Cologne's main railway station, performing Morton Feldman's 5-hour Second String Quartet and winning an Emmy for the quartet's part in BBC2's film "Auschwitz".
From 1999 to 2007 Charles was based in Scotland, initially with the SCO and then as leader of the Edinburgh Quartet. He maintains his links with that country as artistic director of the Loch Shiel Spring Festival.
In 2007 Charles was appointed Associate Leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra. He is now much sought after as a guest leader, notably with Oxford Philomusica and English National Ballet, and is the violinist with the new chamber ensemble Florin.
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