German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter awarded Gloria Artis gold medal

German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter received the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis from Poland's Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Glinski. The ceremony was held at the Polish Culture Ministry's seat in Warsaw on Sunday.

The event was attended by German Ambassador to Poland Rolf Nikel with his wife and one of the most famous Polish contemporary composers, Krzysztof Penderecki with his wife Elzbieta Penderecka, organiser of the 22nd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, in which Mutter was to perform later on Sunday.

"Her (Mutter's - PAP) activity in the area of Polish-German cultural relations, but not only, cannot be overestimated," Glinski emphasised. In his opinion, these are merits greater than many politicians have, "because this is a true understanding for Polish history and for a specific Polish-German relationship," he said.

The violinist said she was extremely honoured to receive the medal. "Starting from the first concert I played in Poland, as a German citizen, I have always felt a deep sense of shame, regardless of the very warm reception that always accompanied my visits to Poland," the artist noted.

Referring to Mutter's words about her feeling of shame, Glinski said that "these are great words, these are words that basically do not require any comment, and we are grateful to her for being honest and for being friend of Poland".