Sophie-Mayuko Vetter has been praised as an artist of extraordinary expressivity and versatility by press and colleagues alike. She has been performing since an early age in the world’s renowned concert halls, including the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Philharmony Essen, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Felsenreitschule (Salzburg Festival), Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Opera City Hall (Tokyo), and many others.
Ms. Vetter’s repertoire ranges from early Baroque to Contemporary, and she infuses her interpretations of each epoch with their own unique stylistic requirements. She also performs much of the 18th- and 19th-century repertoire on the fortepiano, which lends her interpretations of the same repertoire on the modern piano a distinctly fresh and historic touch, including improvisation and ornamentation. She extends aspects of period performance practice to her long-time chamber music collaboration with Rainer Kussmaul, former concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Sophie-Mayuko Vetter has long been a champion of Contemporary Music. Her close work with luminaries such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Peter Ruzicka and Henri Pousseur has included numerous performances of their compositions under their guidance. Ms. Vetter gave the premiere of Stockhausen’s seminal work Spiral (her own solo piano version) in 1999; Mr. Mahnkopf dedicated her among others his piano concerto Prospero’s Epilogue, which she premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 2005 with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Sophie-Mayuko Vetter was born in Sapporo, Japan. She began to study piano, violin and composition at age 4; she moved with her family to Germany two years later. Her father, Michael Vetter, was as her mentor in overtone singing a major influence in her early musical development. Their touring as a vocal duo until 1996 helped shape her musical aesthetics on the piano.