Vilde Frang

Introduction

Vilde is the recipient of the 2012 Credit Suisse Young Artists Award and made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Summer Music Festival in September 2012.

Noted particularly for her superb musical expression, as well as her well-developed virtuosity and musicality, Vilde Frang has established herself as one of the leading young violinists of her generation.

Highlights among her recent and forthcoming engagements include performances with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Oslo Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and the Basel Kammerorchester.

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 Andnes 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. The 14/15 season will see an extensive recital tour with her recital partner, Michail Lifits including performances in London, Zurich, Brussels and Hamburg.

Vilde is an exclusive Warner Artist and her recordings have received high praise from critics and audiences alike. Her concerto recording debut received the Edison Klassiek Award, and a Classic BRIT Award for Best Newcomer. Her recital disc was equally praised, and was selected as "Editor's Choice" by Classic FM Magazine and "Diapason d'Or" by Diapason Magazine as well as being awarded the Echo Klassik Award.  Her most recent release, featuring concertos by Tchaikovsky and Carl Nielsen recieved the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and was named Editor's Choice by Gramophone Magazine.

Born in 1986 in Norway, Vilde has studied at the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo, with Kolja Blacher at Musikhochschule Hamburg and Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy.

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Bruch

Violin Concerto: 5 February 2015

NSO Washington/Juraj Valcuha, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC

Appearing as if out of a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, with a cloud of red-brown hair, she tucked into the Bruch concerto with an inward focus that drew the listener toward her, pulled into the vortex of compelling sound rather than trying to impress with a huge flourish. Her phrasing was exquisite. Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Bartok

Violin Concerto No.1: 14 January 2015

Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Jonathan Nott, Musikverein, Vienna

Virtuos, kapriziös und zärtlich agierte vor der Pause die Norwegerin Vilde Frang als Solistin des ersten Violinkonzerts von Béla Bartók. Kleine Zeitung

Britten

Violin Concerto: 2 May 2014

Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Thomas Sondergaard, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

**** There was an exquisite synergy between the orchestra, Thomas Søndergård, principal guest conductor, and soloist Vilde Frang. Her approach exuded just the right balance of dreamy lyricism and gut-wrenching emotion and she wore the virtuosity demanded extremely lightly. Susan Nickalls, The Scotsman
Frang’s approach was raw and tetchy, full of jagged aggressiveness. Grasping the major/minor contrasts of Britten’s tussling score, her cadenza was one of guarded emotion suddenly laid bare, both questing and alone. Sarah Urwin Jones, The Times

Prokofiev

Violin Concerto No.2: US Tour 23 February-4 March 2014

St Petersburg Philharmonic/Yuri Temirkanov

San Diego - 28 February 2014

The Prokofiev concerto was just what you’d expect, and in a good way. Temirkanov and Frang stressed the works innate lyrical qualities, even in the percussive, decidedly unlyrical final movement.

Frang, an immensely talented young Norwegian violinist, has the all-too-rare combination of beauty of tone and incisiveness. Her approach to the concerto was clear, convincing and communicative.

The orchestra members appreciated her playing enough that they, rather than the audience, continued applauding and prompted her to play an encore (a contemporary arrangement of a Norwegian folk tune).

James Chute, UT San Diego
San Francisco - 3 March 2014
Vilde Frang, 28, from Norway, played the solo in the Prokofiev Second Violin Concerto with a stunning combination of flawless technique and palpable, appealing emotion — her single appearance here only whets the appetite for many more returns. Janos Gereben, San Francisco Classical Voice

Britten

Violin Concerto: 14 December 2013

Sydney Symphony Orchestra/James Gaffigan, Sydney Opera House

Young Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang approached the violin part of Britten's concerto like a dramatic monologue, extracting the emotional resonance of every moment while skillfully dealing with the technical demands of the writing. Britten requires the violin to play frequently in harmonics, and here Frang's tone was purity itself. Her attack in the scherzo's aggressive passages and her pared-back tone in the final sections of the passacaglia bespoke her total involvement in the music. The orchestra's contribution was equally impressive: altogether a distinguished performance of a work that is belatedly entering the repertoire. Phillip Scott, Limelight
Her Stradivarius and her technique produced an extraordinary variety of sounds from what is a hellishly difficult piece to play. She seemed always in control through the numerous passages of double stops and finger-splitting plucking. Sometimes the score called for playing on one string while simultaneously plucking another. It was an awesome performance, sometimes violent and sometimes ghostly. Fraser Beath McEwing, J-Wire

Korngold

Violin Concerto: 24 November 2013:

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

****Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang was soloist in Korngold’s Violin Concerto. A stunningly witty and virtuoso player...the violin laughed its way through the opening movement in a fun, confident mood before moving into introspective for the Romance.
Glyn Mon Hughes, Liverpool Daily Post

Britten

Violin Concerto: 21 November 2013

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Vasily Petrenko, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

A Stradivarius-wielding Norwegian Pre-Raphelite who turned her instrument into a songbird, singing a romantic, rhapsodic refrain over the Phil’s impassioned, furious scherzo before launching her own musical assault that showed there is an iron fist in the velvet glove. Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo

Duo Recital: 15 July 2013

Michail Lifits (Piano), BBC PROMS, Cadogan Hall, London

Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang's Proms debut was ample proof of her abilities. In Ravel's late Violin Sonata, she revealed lucid depths and brilliant clarity, and her long-standing partnership with Michail Lifits felt instinctive and communicative. Ravel toiled long and hard over this work, but Frang and Lifits brought flashes of spontaneity, that belied the composer's arduous effort...The programme was completed with centenarian Lutoslawski's Partita...As with so many of the extended forms of this composer, Partita's gradual accretion of momentum and rage was plain to hear, and was all the more affecting for Frang and Lifit's expressive directness, the violinist displayed a dizzying array of colourful effects and the pianist drawing startling volume from his instrument. Together they were terrifically incisive. Andrew Morris, ClassicalSource.com

Duo Recital: 8 April 2013

Michail Lifits (Piano) Tonhalle, Zurich

Sie ist kein Geigen-Girlie, sie ist keine Geigen-Domina; sie gibt nicht die Schlangenfängerin, noch strebt sie nach sportlicher Höchstleistung - Vilde frang ist nur sich selbst. Ganz einfach, ganz natürlich. Und so, wie sie ist, so spielt sie; ihr zuzuhören, hat etwas Befreiendes und deshalb Beglückendes - übrigens gerade dadurch, dass es einen so in Bann schlägt und so intensiv mitschwingen lässt Peter Hagmann, Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Duo Recital: 25 March 2013

Michail Lifits (Piano), Wigmore Hall, London

***** The 24-year-old Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang – who looks as if she’s stepped out of a Pre-Raphaelite painting – has a line as clean and pure as Mullova’s. And in tandem with the Uzbek pianist Michail Lifits she gave an account of Mendelssohn’s ‘Sonata in F’ which was both full-blooded and finely nuanced, with Lifits delivering the whirlwind figurations of the finale at a speed which took the breath away. Lutoslawski’s ‘Partita for Violin and Piano’ calls several times for both players to improvise before simultaneously arriving at the same end-point, and they met this challenge effortlessly, before zapping us with three richly-coloured Hungarian Dances by Brahms. Michael Church, The Independent

Duo Recital: 27 January 2013

Michail Lifits (Piano), Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington DC

Frang’s playing is at once assured and slightly coltish — an appropriate sign of an artist whose range includes wide extremes without ever lapsing into excesses. She plays with a big, wide vibrato yet managed to make it sound perfectly idiomatic in the Fauré; she plays with plenty of fire and expression, yet can rein herself in with stylishness, pulling back to give a repeated phrase a touch of extra polish. Most importantly, she plays with a sense of enjoyment, a hint of sunniness even in fraught moments... We’ll be hearing Frang again in larger halls, with major orchestras; it will be a pleasure to watch her grow. Anne Midgette, The Washington Post

Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto: 5 December 2012

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Danail Rachev, Poole Lighthouse

A debut with the BSO that must rank as the finest this season. There is a maturity about the 26 year-old Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang that established a personal interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto; intuitive and ravishing. Her alluringly rich, creamy tone captivated from the start, sensitively nuancing every phrase and projecting the cadenza with arresting precision.

In the slow movement her magical, mellifluous finesse harboured seductive exchanges with the wind players and in the finale, her feisty lead-in bore further facets of fiendish virtuosity. Hitting the harmonics with subtle gracefulness and finding both depth and daring, Frang’s impeccable delivery was matched by Danail Rachev’s empathetic direction and rapport. Mike Marsh, Bournemouth Echo

Tchaikovsky

Violin Concerto: 24 March 2012

BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Jac van Steen, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

The highlight of the evening was the solo performance of Tchaikovsky’s well known Violin Concerto by the prolifically talented twenty-five year old Norwegian Vilde Frang. A soloist from the age of twelve, Frang executed every note of this piece, often considered the greatest test of a violinist’s skill, with delicacy and fluidity. Playing a piece with more false endings than the Lord of the Rings, each resurgence remained a pleasure to the ear. Cei Whitehouse, Aber Student Media

Mozart

Violin Concerto No.5: 20 November 2011

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Donald Runnicles, City Halls, Glasgow

The feisty young soloist Vilde Frang...The Norwegian's playing is entirely her own Kate Molleson, The Guardian

Duo Recital: 16 October 2011

Michail Lifits (Piano), Lincoln Center, New York

Vilde Frang launched into her local debut recital at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater with one of Bartók's most strenuous and uningratiating pieces - his solo Violin Sonata of 1944. The piece was a savvy statement of purpose for Frang and she negotiated its jagged chords and barbed dissonances with insouciant ease. It was a promising first impresssion. Pianist Michail Lifits joined her for two Heifetz arrangements of Albéniz: his El Puerto and Sevilla. Here Frang created the sense of carefree ease that the music demands, supported by a refined tone, crisp articulations and a stylish, organic rubato. Brian Wise, The Strad

Mozart

Violin Concerto No.5: 10 June 2011

Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Kenneth Sillito, Kaisersaal, Wurzburg

The violin virtuoso Vilde Frang knows exactly what she wants. The 24 year old Norwegian made this clear at the Würzburg Mozart Festival where she played Mozart's A Major Violin Concerto to a sold-out hall.
The brilliant violinist is technically of the highest level with fantastic finger work and bow technique. She presented the piece in a fresh manner, such as is rarely heard.
The noble and sonorous sound of her violin exactly matched the virtuoso's thrilling performance. She performed the hair-raising passages in the first and last movements with style and energy.
Frank Kupke, MainPostWürzburg
The concert was a real experience, Vilde Frang was particularly impressive: a fusion of high technical ability and charismatic artistic realization. Udo Watter, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Sibelius

Violin Concerto: 12 April 2011

NordwestDeutsche Philharmonie/Eugene Tzigane, Conservatorio G. Verdi, Milan

For her Italian debut, the young violinist Vilde Frang, now no longer a star in her infancy but already a well-established artist on the international concert scene, presented Sibelius...Vilde Frang enchanted the audience at the Sala Verdi, Conservatorio di Milano with great ease through her precision and technical maturity...Her youthful determination burst forth in the third movement, where Frang found the ideal moment to prove her ability and skill. Silvia Corbetti, Archi Magazine

Sibelius

Violin Concerto: 6 December 2010

BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Thomas Sondergard, Hoddinot Hall, Cardiff

The revelation of the evening, though, was the 24-year-old Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang, whose performance of the Sibelius Violin Concerto was nothing short of sensational. Frang is clearly a new star in the violin firmament. Naturally poised and quite without affectation, she began with such hushed, gossamer tones as to give no inkling of the fierce untamed power of the playing that then emerged. The concerto burst into life with this combination of piercing intelligence and intense passion, and the partnership with Søndergård – Frang recently recorded the work with him – gave Sibelius' fundamentally symphonic vision a thrilling vibrancy. The BBCNOW strings responded with luscious depth – clearly the best compliment they could pay Frang. Rian Evans, The Guardian

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Mozart

Violin Concertos 1 & 5
Sinfonia Concertante
Vilde Frang, Violin
Maxim Rysanov, Viola
Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen
Warner Classics