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Prestigious award for Vilde Frang

Violinist Vilde Frang awarded the 2012 Credit Suisse Young Artists Award.

Early April saw Vilde Frang named as the winner of the 2012 Credit Suisse Young Artists Award. This accolade is awarded every two years to mark the outstanding achievements of young solo musicians. The prize is awarded jointly by the Lucerne Festival, the Vienna Philharmonic, the ‘Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde’ in Vienna and the Jubilee Fund. Awardees are given a concert performance with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Lucerne Summer Music Festival, to be conducted in 2012 by Bernard Haitink.

The revelation of the evening, though, was the 24 year old 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 emerged"

Guardian, December 2010

As the recipient of the 2012 Credit Suisse Young Artists Award, Frang is set to perform with the Vienna Philharmonic and 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 since she was engaged by Mariss Jansons at the age of twelve to debut with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Highlights among her forthcoming and recent engagements include performances with Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, BBC Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Russian National Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, with conductors including Donald Runnicles, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mariss Jansons, David Zinman, Vassily Sinaisky, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gianandrea Noseda, Daniel Harding and Ivan Fischer.

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 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 immediately 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 most recent recital recording 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.

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. She plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin lent by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Freundeskreis Stiftung.

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