Violin

Vilde Frang

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Introduction

Vilde Frang’s profound musicianship and exceptional lyricism has elevated her as one of the leading and most individual young artists.

In 2012 she was unanimously awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artists Award which led to her debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival.

In 2016 she made her acclaimed debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle as part of their Europa Konzert and she will return during the 17-18 season for her subscription debut at the Philharmonie, as well as concerts at the Baden Baden Easter Festival with Ivan Fischer.

Regularly appearing with the leading orchestras, her recent highlights have included performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, Dallas Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic and Orchestre de Paris.

The 2017-18 season will mark her debuts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Trevor Pinnock, Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pittsburgh Symphony under Osmo Vanska and
Orchestra Mozart under Bernard Haitink. She will also tour Germany and Switzerland with the City of Birmingham ‎Symphony and BBC Symphony orchestras, as well as return engagements with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Southbank Centre.

Vilde Frang is an exclusive Warner Classics artist and her recordings have received numerous awards.  She is the recipient of the Edison Klassiek Award, Classic BRIT Award, “Diapason d’Or” by Diapason Magazine, Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and Echo Klassik Award.  She also received a Gramophone Award in the Concerto category for her recording of Korngold’s Violin Concerto.
 


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Discography

  • 03 Aug 17 BBC PROM 26 MOZART Sinfonia Concertante
    Royal Albert Hall
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    with Paavo Järvi, Lawrence Power, and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

     

    “The peerless andante, with Frang’s vibrato never excessive, ached and yearned with an elegiac sweetness that avoided any mawkishness, while Järvi gave them time and space to shine. In the rondo, Power and Frang’s intimate chit-chat became brilliant, torrential badinage, and their final giddying ascent into string heaven sang with an ecstatic bliss.”
    **** Boyd Tonkin, theartsdesk.com, 4 August 2017

     

    “One of Mozart’s greatest early masterpieces, the Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola and orchestra, positively glowed in the hands of [the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen]. They were joined by a pair of highly responsive soloists, Vilde Frang and Lawrence Power, who respectively relished the music’s sweet-toned delicacy and warmth. The sublime slow movement registered fully here, proving that intimate music-making is possible in the Albert Hall.”
    **** John Allison, The Telegraph, 7 August 2017

     

    ” … there were two major characters in this Sinfonia concertante: the violinist and viola player. The former turned her instrument into a diffident lady of the times – strolling and equipped with a parasol. Vilde Frang’s timbre on the violin was sombre and painfully shy – and could equally veer into capricious, argumentative territory. What was especially salient was her divergence of vibrato across just one long drawn-out trill; opening and closing in width in restrained, delicate measures and simultaneously offering an elegant diminuendo. While Lawrence Power’s viola would creep into the fold with ominous dynamics, Frang’s violin held a hypnotic potency that shifted one’s mind off the orchestra. Her stylistics embody a variegation of dynamics and tempi that is both almost unheard of and unheard in today’s times.”
    Sophia Lambton, Bachtrack, 4 August 2017

  • 13 Jul 17 Gstaad Menuhin Festival Duo Recital with Aleksandar Madzar
    Saanen Church, Saanen
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    “[Vilde Frang] wirkt höchst präsent, neugierig, elfenhaft geheimnisvoll, mit einem leichten Zug ins Schelmische. Und so spielt sie auch, die 30-jährige Norwegerin Vilde Frang: technisch brillant, dem aufgeraut-unverfälschten Ton hingegeben, auf nichts fixiert. Die garderobisch so herrlich Unaufgebretzelte ist von Beginn an bereit, den inneren Reichtum von Johannes Brahms’ Violinsonate G-Dur Nr. 1 op. 78 aufzuspüren.”
    Svend Peternell, Berner Zeitung, 14 July 2017

     

    ” … diese «fée verte» verfügt über unglaubliche Kraftreserven und ein Können, das sich immer noch weiterentwickelt. Es ist Vilde Frang … Inspiration und Ausdruck aber kommen von [Vilde Frang].

    Wie sie das macht? Sie legt die Geige an die Schulter und schliesst die Augen. Es sieht aus, als wollte sie sich von jeder Äusserlichkeit verabschieden. Auch vom Publikum. Doch die Geigerin weiss, es wird ihr folgen. Sie nimmt es mit auf dem Weg ins Innere, in die DNA der Musik.”
    Marianne Mühlemann, Der Bund, 15 July 2017

  • 29 Apr 17 BACH Violin Concerto No.1 & No.2
    Kings Place, London
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    with the English CHamber Orchestra.

    “Frang has notable stage presence … even when she was simply first among equals in the ensemble passages, the timbre she obtains from her 19th-century instrument was unmissable. Here was all the extra accenting and variation in timing detail needed to give a lift to a bright passage or languid breathing space to a slow one … The slow movement of the A minor concerto showed the interplay between soloist and orchestra at its best, with a lovely call-and-response feel … Frang’s violin was not Baroque, but her tone was beautifully clean, with finely calibrated use of vibrato to add a touch of extra character to a note without ever lapsing into an overblown romantic mush. Her timing on the fast decorative figures was precise, her control of evenness on long held pianissimo notes was exceptional. The second movement of the E major concerto was ravishing: the ECO produced lovely dark colours and the brightness of Frang’s violin line cut through them like a sunbeam.”

    David Karlin, Bachtrack, 30 April 2017

  • 31 Mar 17 BRITTEN Violin Concerto
    Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes, Valladolid
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    with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and Jesús López Cobos.

    “La conjunción entre la violín solista Vilde Frang, la orquesta y el director propició todo lo que de positivo tuvo la versión del Concierto para violín de Britten. Una obra en la que resultó muy positiva la imbricación de la solista en relación a la orquesta, de tal forma que ésta tan pronto se subsumía en ella, sin perder su individualidad, como acentuaba el carácter y la personalidad del violín. Vilde Frang demostró su capacidad para abordar la obra con un sonido a veces ágil, a veces denso, otras llamativamente agitado, acentuando los sonidos casi sobre el puente, tan aflautados, entregándose a raudas escalas, efectistas spiccati y dobles cuerdas, dando con ese punto en el que no existe fractura entre la técnica y la expresividad. Y así Frang consiguió que recursos de tan alta factura fueran un medio, nunca un fin en sí mismos, para interpretar una obra melancólica, evocadora, tensa, con un lenguaje singular y una melodía subyugante, que concluye en ese pianísimo sostenido, lo que engrandece aún más a una partitura vinculada al contexto histórico que se vivía en torno al año 1939.”
    Agustín Achúcarro, Codalario.com, 3 April 2017

  • 23 Feb 17 BRITTEN Violin Concerto
    Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
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    with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Jakub Hrusa.

    “Her technical mastery made short work of Britten’s notorious challenges with magnificent intonation and expressive phrasing. Her dynamic range went from very loud to almost inaudible and she adapted her memorable sound to each musical occasion.”
    Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, TheaterJones, 24 February 2017

     

    “The Britten Violin Concerto, played with absolute authority and jaw-dropping finesse by the Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang … Frang spun out tones of silken beauty, but she didn’t shrink from gruff bowings and pluckings when called for. She impeccably dispatched virtuoso scampers up and down the fingerboard, simultaneous bowings and pluckings, even double-stopped harmonics in the stratosphere.”
    Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 23 February 2017

  • 05 Feb 17 STRAVINSKY Violin Concerto
    Philharmonie Cologne
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    with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and François-Xavier Roth.

    “Wenn die Geigerin Vilde Frang das Podium betritt  erwartet man bei aller Energieausstrahlung der jungen Künstlerin nicht unbedingt eine dramatisch explosive Interpretation. Superschlank und zart in der Erscheinung, dazu wirkungsvoll umweht von den Stoffen ihrer luftigen Robe schwebt sie eher wie eine Elfe herein. Bei den ersten Tönen von Igor Strawinskys Konzert in D wurde jedoch klar: Hier agiert eine Interpretin von vitaler Entschlossenheit, nicht willens Musik zu verzärteln, sondern die Essenz eines Werkes zum Leben zu erwecken. Von „fiebriger Neugier“ war über diese zupackende Art in einem Zeitungsporträt mal die Rede. Die Geigerin selber sagt: „Die Musik stellt permanent Fragen, auf die man als Interpret Antworten finden muss … Vilde Frang spielte mit großer Entschlossenheit, ließ die dunkle Lyrik von Aria II ebenso zu ihrem Recht kommen wie sie die Pizzicati im Finalsatz (Capriccio) perkussiv in den Raum schleuderte.”
    Christoph Zimmerman, Klassikinfo.de, 5 February 2017

  • 16 Jan 17 BRAHMS, SCHUBERT, ALBENIZ & BARTOK Duo Recital
    August Everding Saal
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    with Aleksandar Madzar.

    “Das Schöne an der Norwegerin ist, dass sie aufregend und fesselnd agiert, ohne großen Gestus oder Effektsuche. Bartóks Werk ist ja nicht eben leicht zugänglich mit seiner quälenden Suggestivität, seinen Dissonanzen, zerklüfteten Klavier-Kaskaden und einem Zusammenwirken der beiden Instrumente, das mitunter Züge eines Gegeneinanders annimmt. Gerade auch im Finalsatz mit seiner stürmischen Charakteristik und seiner folkloristisch angehauchten, rauen Rhythmik entbreiteten die beiden Duo-Partner ein starkes und doch nicht auftrumpfendes Temperament. Hier stimmte auch das Lautstärken-Verhältnis der beiden Instrumente, was man vom ersten Teil des Konzerts nicht immer behaupten konnte.”
    Udo Watter, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 17 January 2017

  • 17 Oct 16 KORNGOLD Concert
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    with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Nicholas Collon.

    “Frang’s tone was warm and golden in the lower registers; moving up, it was less bold, more fragile, as if painting in aquarelle … She impressed with light, fluttery virtuosity in the final movement, yet a focussed determination seemed to inhibit her enjoyment of complete artistic abandon that could be seen in the orchestra, raising goosebumps with a final great tutti sweep.”
    **** Hedy Mühleck, Bachtrack, 20 October 2016

  • 01 May 16 Mendelssohn Europakonzert
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    with the Berlin Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle.

    “Das melancholische MendelssohnViolinkonzert in e-moll gelingt Vilde Frang in der Kirche von Røros zauberhaft. Auffällig ist der silbrige Ton der jungen Frau, der aber auch dramatisch aufrauschen kann und sie zur Interpretation des romantischen Repertoires prädestiniert.”
    Matthias Nöther, Berliner Morgenpost, 02 May 2016

    “Als Solistin ist die junge Norwegerin Vilde Frang zu erleben, die nicht nur eine großartige Virtuosin ist, sondern auch eine einfühlsame Interpretin, die jeder Note Bedeutung und Leben verleihen kann.”
    Berliner Kurier, 01 May 2016

  • 05 Feb 16 Mozart Violin Concerto No.1 & No.5
    St John's Smith Square
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    “Vilde Frang played both concertos from memory, and in both she combined a sweetly singing, refined, flexible tone with a vital sense of drama. Mozart was interested in the way the violin could sing like the voice, and Frang brought out every inch of the operatic qualities of these works. She is an engaging and vivid performer, whilst never pushing the music out of the envelope. Her Mozart was elegant, poised yet full of drama.”
    Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill, 07 February 2016

  • 30 Oct 15 Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5
    BOZAR
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    with the Orchestre National de Belgique & Xian Zhang.

    “Vilde Frang peut alors livrer un concerto de toute beauté. Son archet frais, volubile, presque enfantin, rend idéalement la musique de Mozart.”
    Quentin Mourier, Crescendo Magazine Belgium

  • 23 Oct 15 Korngold Violin Concert
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    with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra & Emmanuel Krivine.

    “She has remarkable presence and an ease like that of the best singers, but her performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto was not as lyrical as it was witty.”
    Lev Bratishenko, Special to Montreal Gazette, 1 October 2015

  • 23 Oct 15 Britten Violin Concerto
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    with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra & Jakub Hrusa.

    “The scene-stealer at Seattle Symphony Orchestra on Saturday night… was the young Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang and her dazzling, impassioned reading of the thorny Britten Violin Concerto No. 1.”
    Melinda Bargreen, Special to the Seattle Times, 11 October 2015

  • 20 Jul 15 Mozart Violin Concerto No.5
    Teatro alla Scala
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    with the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala & Marc Minkowski.

    “Tecnica perfetta, suono calibrato, sensibilita’ profonda. Chi ancora non ha avuto modo di conoscerla, corra ad ascoltarla.”
    Luigi di Fronzo, Tutto Milano

  • 05 Mar 15 Korngold Violin Concerto
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    with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester & Andres Orozco-Estrada.

    “Mittlerweile haben viele Geigen-Virtuosen es wie selbstverständlich im Repertoire, auch die 1986 geborene Norwegerin Vilde Frang. Sie legt das D-Dur-Konzert im Gewandhaus verblüffend hell an. Nirgends mulmt da Hollywood-Pathos, den weit gespannten Bögen des Kopfsatzes, modelliert nach der Filmmusik zu “Another Dawn”, haftet nichts Unschickliches an. Mit liedhafter Innigkeit und tief empfundener Noblesse singt sie die herrlichen Melodien des Moderato aus. Die Emphase der Romanze (nach “Anthony Adverse”) erreicht ohne Umwege die Herzen. Den halsbrecherischen Kehraus des Finales (über Material aus “The Prince and the Pauper”) bettet Vilde Frang in gewitzte Leichtigkeit. Dass dieses Konzert richtig schwer ist, man merkt es kaum angesichts der überlegenen Selbstverständlichkeit, mit der die junge Norwegerin aus den vielen Tönen Musik macht.”
    Peter Korfmacher, Leipziger Volkzeitung

  • 05 Feb 15 Bruch Violin Concerto
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    with the NSO Washington & Juraj Valcuha.

    “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

  • 02 May 14 Britten Violin Concerto
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    with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Thomas Sondergaard.

    “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

  • 03 Mar 14 Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2: US Tour
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    with the 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

  • 14 Jan 15 Bartok Violin Concerto No.1
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    with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra & Jonathan Nott.

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