New release and summer touring for Vilde Frang

Hectic summer touring and new EMI Classics release for violinist Vilde Frang.

Beginning in mid-June, celebrated violinist embarks on a hectic mainlan-Europe centered itinerary that takes the young performer on a string of concerts in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

June 2012 also sees the much anticipated release of her EMI Classics recording of Nielsen and Tchaikovsy’s Violin Concertos with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by fellow Norwegian Eivind Gullberg Jensen. In her third release for EMI Classics the energetic young Norwegian violinist continues the idea of Nordic and Russian concerto pairings established with Sibelius and Prokofiev Concertos on her first album. Here the famous romance of Tchaikovsky’s well-loved violin concerto and Scandinavian poise and unique colouring of Nielsen’s concerto are presented in a rare coupling together on disc.

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.

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

"Adroit, impassioned, never shallow, Frang is the real thing"

The Times

"Her expressive ace is to make everything sound as natural and coherent as speech; it's a rare talent to be so vocal without actually opening one's mouth"

International Record Review

2012 engagements:

15.06. CH – Olsberg, Klosterkirche

16.06. CH – Olsberg, Klosterkirche

17.06. CH – Olsberg, Klosterkirche

22.06. DE – Kalkhorst, Groß Schwansee

24.06. DE – Bad Kissingen, Kurtheater

17.07. A – St. Georg

16.08. CH – Gstaad, Menuhin-Festival

31.08. DE – Wiesbaden, Rheingau-Festival

14.09. CH – Luzern Festival

15.10. DE – Nürtingen

19.10. DE – Göppingen

23.10. A – Wien, Konzerthaus

24.10. A – Wien, Konzerthaus

25.10. DE – Dortmund

27.11. DE – Frankfurt, Alte Oper

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