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Vilde Frang: Prokofiev & Sibelius with fervour & depth

img  Tobias Fischer

Vilde Frang was born in 1986 in Norway and studied at Barratt-Due Institute of Music in Oslo. She later worked at the Hamburg Musikhochschule with Kolja Blacher, and currently studies with Ana Chumachenco in the Kronberg Academy Further Master Studies programme. Vilde Frang also holds a scholarship from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

The accomplist violinist debuted at age 10 with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra; Mariss Jansons then engaged Ms. Frang to perform with the Oslo Philharmonic. She has soloed with Germany, England, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Austria, the Baltic countries, the U.S., Taiwan, and Singapore.

After her 2007 debut with the London Philharmonic, Vilda Frang was invited for a concert at the Royal Festival Hall, and she performed there in May 2009 with works by Ravel and Vaughan Williams. According to our colleagues of classicalsource.com, her “ego-free interpretation“ of Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending and her conjuring of magical sounds enhanced the mysterious aura, with a fluid and light technique that created the sensation of a bird in flight. “Frang hypnotised the audience,“ according to the reviewer, “and then changed mood and tone for Ravel’s Tzigane, an acidic, rugged and black-humoured display.”

Vilde Frang’s violin performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto in 2008 featured her as guest soloist with the Royal Swedish Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Rossen Milanova. The performance was orchestrated as part of the Mats Ek ballet, Rättika. “From the orchestra pit violinist Vilde Frang gives Brahms Violin Concerto body, dance and poetry,“ wrote a reviewer with Expressen. “With Frang in their blood the dancers are so musical one wants to cry.”

The dancers weren't the only ones to catch fire. Music festivals that have featured violin performances by Vilda Frang include Verbier, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Schleswig Holstein, and the Bel Air Festival in Chambéry, where she performed with Martha Argerich and brothers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon. Ms. Frang has collaborated with Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, and Maxim Vengerov. She toured Scandinavia in 2008, and the U.S. the following year, with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Camerata Salzburg in the Bach Double Concerto. Their performances were lauded at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Her debut disc now captures her in full flight and translates the energy and momentum from her stage appearances to the studio. No wonder juries around the world have handed award after award to her: Vilde Frang has won numerous prizes for her work, including the Grand Prize of the 2007 Vera and Oscar Ritter Stiftung, the 2009 Norwegian Soloist Prize, and a Fellowship from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. 

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