Vilde Frang – Violin

Vilde Frang was born in Norway in 1986 into a musical family. Her father and sister played the double bass. When she was four she began to play the violin but she doesn’t think of herself as a violinist, ‘because I don’t feel bound by the instrument and its sound… For me it is important to conceive of it as an extension of the body. My goal is always to make the violin sound as a singing human voice.’ Her career was launched when, aged 12, she was invited to play with Mariss Jansons and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2003 she left the Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt in Oslo for the Musikhochschule in Hamburg and at the same time began a collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter. In 2012 she received the Credit Suisse Young Artists Award and made her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink. Her concerto recording debut received the Edison Klassiek award and a Classic BRIT Award for Best Newcomer in 2011. Her most recent recording of concertos by Tchaikovsky and Carl Nielsen won the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and was named Editor’s Choice by Gramophone magazine. Vilde now lives in Berlin, ‘right at the centre of the world of classical music’. She plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin lent by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Freundeskreis Stiftung.