From prodigy at 12, when she performed with the Oslo Philharmonic under Mariss Jansons, to virtuoso at 26, Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang’s prodigious talent has defined her as one of the leading violinists of her generation. She is a treasure waiting to be discovered… by you!
“She began with such hushed gossamer tones as to give no inkling of the fierce untamed power of the playing that emerged.” – The Guardian
Sonata for Violin and Piano in F major (1838)
(without opus number)
Violin Sonata Op. 13
Violin Sonata KV 305
Violin Sonata no. 2, Op. 94
Vilde Frang was unanimously awarded the 2012 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award and made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink at the 2012 Lucerne Summer Music Festival.
Noted particularly for her superb musical expression as well as her well-developed virtuosity, Vilde has established herself as one of the leading young violinists of her generation since she was engaged by Mariss Jansons at the age of twelve to perform with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Highlights among her forthcoming and recent engagements include performances with Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Philharmonia Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, HR-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Russian National Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, with conductors including Ivan Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mariss Jansons, David Zinman, Sir Neville Marriner, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Yuri Termirkanov.
She appears as a recitalist and chamber musician at festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Lockenhaus, Gstaad, Verbier and Lucerne. Amongst her collaborators were Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Martha Argerich, Julian Rachlin, Leif Ove Andsnes, Sol Gabetta and Maxim Vengerov, and together with Anne-Sophie Mutter she has toured in Europe and the US, playing Bach’s Double Concerto with Camerata Salzburg.
After her 2007 debut with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vilde was re-engaged for a concert with the orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall in the 2009 season, followed by a recital at Wigmore Hall. Her concerto recording debut as EMI Classics’ Young Artist of the Year 2010 was greeted with acclaim by critics throughout the world and received the Edison Klassiek Award and a Classic BRIT Award for Best Newcomer. Her second disc, a recital recording with her duo partner Michail Lifits, received a Gramophone Award Nomination, Diapason Magazine’s “Diapason d‘Or” and the Echo Klassik Award. Her most recent release, featuring concertos by Tchaikovsky and Carl Nielsen, received the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone Magazine.
Born in 1986 in Norway, Vilde has studied at the Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt in Oslo, with Kolja Blacher at Musikhochschule Hamburg and Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy. She plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin lent by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Freundeskreis Stiftung.