To become a part of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust is a privilege in itself, and the opportunities this has given me, such as to work with Mitsuko Uchida, are of the greatest value and inspiration. Having won a BBT Fellowship and receiving all support the Trust offers without any sense of competition, feels quite unbelievable!Vilde Frang"
Vilde Frang received support from BBT between 2007 and 2011, when this page was last updated. For an up to date biography go to www.askonasholt.co.uk
Since she was engaged by Mariss Jansons at the age of twelve to debut with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vilde Frang has established a reputation as one of the most promising young soloists to emerge from Scandinavia in recent years. Highlights among her recent and forthcoming engagements include performances with the Hallé Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, WDR Cologne, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo and tours with BBC Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonia, with conductors including Alexander Lazarev, Andrew Manze, Ion Marin, Adam Fischer, Dennis Russell Davies, David Zinman, Vassily Sinaisky and Gianandrea Noseda. She appears as a recitalist and chamber musician at international festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schloßfestspiele Ludwigsburg, Braunschweig Classix, Bad Kissingen, Rheingau, Cheltenham, Verbier and Lucerne. Amongst her collaborators were Gidon Kremer and Yuri Bashmet at the Chamber Music Connects the World Festival and Martha Argerich, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon at the Chambery Festival, and Leif Ove Andsnes and Truls Mørk in her home country. In 2007 and 2008, she joined Anne-Sophie Mutter on tours in Europe and the US, playing Bach's Double Concerto with Camerata Salzburg. In 2007, Vilde Frang made her debut with London Philharmonic Orchestra and was immediately re-engaged for a concert with the orchestra and its principal conductor, Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall in the 2009 season. This was followed by an acclaimed debut recital at Wigmore Hall. Born in Oslo in August 1986, Vilde studied at the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo and with Kolja Blacher at the Musikhochschule Hamburg. She is recipient of several awards, including Danish Queen Ingrid's Honorary Award, the Sonning Music Fund, Grand Prize of the Ritter Stiftung Hamburg and a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship. Vilde Frang is EMI Classics' Young Artist of the Year 2010. Her debut recording, featuring violin concertos by Sibelius and Prokofiev, was greeted with acclaim by critics throughout the world and was named Best Classical Release in the Norwegian Grammys.
Last updated: January 2011
Photographs by Priska Ketterer, Viemose, Marco Borggreve
BBT Project: Debut CD on EMI Classics - Sibelius and Prokofiev
"This is an unusually potent debut recording from a prodigiously gifted artist… Frang’s chemistry is disarmingly exquisite."
Ian Julier, International Record Review March 2010
"What makes this recording so special is not so much Frang’s seductive, sinewy yet voluptuous tone, nor her effortless technical mastery; it is her startling emotional sincerity and inspired musical imagination that rivet the attention."
Julian Haylock, The Strad March 2010
"Impressive debut recording"
Geoff Brown, The Times
"Ushering the Sibelius with a sweetly tremulous whisper, Frang heralds one of the freshest and most vital accounts of this familiar and frequently recorded work in recent years."
Michael Quinn, BBC Online 16 February 2010
"In the first Prokofiev she substitutes flash virtuosity with an in-your-ear whisper. In the Sibelius she is fire on ice. Frang is my hot tip for 2010."
Norman Lebrecht, La Scena Musicale February 2010
- Recording demo CD
- Travel costs
- New Photos
- Support for her EMI debut disc
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Sibelius: Violin Concerto (first movement)
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 (second movement)
Sibelius: Humouresqe No.1
Vilde Frang’s debut CD on EMI Classics (now Warner Classics) features the Sibelius Violin Concerto and three Humoresques and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, recorded with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and conductor Thomas Sondergard. A WDR co-production with support from the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
Vilde Frang violin
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln
Thomas Sondergard conductor
CD 5099968441326 | www.warnerclassics.com
Supported by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
Paganini: Nel cor più non mi sento
Vilde Frang chose to spend some of her BBT Fellowship budget on making a professional demo CD, excerpts of which are featured here.
Vilde Frang violin
Classical Recording Company
ICE AND FIREVilde Frang recording Sibelius Violin Concerto, promo video by EMI Classics
EMI Classics interviewed Vilde Frang during recordings for her debut disc, Sibelius Violin Concerto and Humoresques and Prokofiev\'s Violin Concerto No.1. The Norwegian violinist is at home with Sibelius, a concerto that she describes as "so dark - the string section are really completely icy, like death... and then the violin part is burning." Courtesy of EMI Classics. www.youtube.com/emiclassics
LET GO AND GIVE UP YOUR EGOVerbier Festival Academy, an introduction to chamber music by Gábor Takács-Nagy and Heinrich Schiff
Chamber music is central to the ethos of Borletti-Buitoni Trust. For this reason it is fitting that BBT has supported Verbier Festival Academy since 2006. Filmed in Verbier in July/August 2007, Heinrich Schiff (BBT Honorary Committee member) and Gábor Takács-Nagy (Professor of Chamber Music, Verbier Festival Academy) illustrate the role and importance of chamber music. BBT Winners Jerusalem Quartet, Vilde Frang and Quatuor Ébène tell us the value of the festival and academy for them.
The Academy Quartet featured were Eduard Kunz piano, Vilde Frang violin, Barbara Buntrock viola, Leonard Elschenbroich cello.