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Vilde Frang

Vilde Frang - © Marco Borggreve

born on 19/8/1986 in Oslo, Ostland, Norway

Alias Vilde Frang Bjaerke

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Vilde Frang

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Vilde Frang Bjærke (born 19 August 1986) is a Norwegian classical violinist.

Early life and education

Born in Oslo, Norway, Frang began playing the violin by the Suzuki method at the age of four.[1] In the years 1993 - 2002 she studied with Stephan Barratt-Due, Alf Richard Kraggerud and Henning Kraggerud at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.[2]

Frang made her soloist debut at the age of ten with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.[3] In 1998 she was introduced to Anne-Sophie Mutter, who became her mentor and later appointed her a scholarship holder in the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.[4] She was aged twelve in 1999 when Mariss Jansons engaged her as a soloist with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.[5]

From 2003 - 2009 Frang continued her studies in Germany, with Kolja Blacher at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy.[3][6] Recipient of a 2007 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Frang also had lessons with Mitsuko Uchida in London.[2]


In 2007, Frang's debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in their Eastbourne series led to a re-engagement in the following season, under Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall.[7] In 2008, Vilde Frang signed exclusively to EMI Classics (now Warner Classics).[6] Her debut album was released in 2009 and received high praise from critics and audiences alike, and she was named EMI Classics' Young Artist of the Year 2010.[2] Her recordings for EMI / Warner Classics have received numerous awards including a Classical BRIT, Deutsche Schallplattenpreis twice, four ECHO Klassik Awards, two Edisson Klassiek Awards, Diapason d'Or and a Gramophone Award.[8]

Winner of the 2012 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, Frang performed the Sibelius violin concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival.[8] In 2013 she made her London Proms debut, playing Bruch's violin concerto with the BBC Philharmonic under John Storgards at the Royal Albert Hall.[9] In 2016, Frang performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle as part of their Europe Concert in Røros, Norway.[10]

Frang holds a professorship at the Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo.[11] She performs on an 1864 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin.[7]


  • Leonie Sonnings Musikfonds (2003)[12]
  • Ritter-Stiftung Grand Prize (2007)[12]
  • Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellowship (2007)[12]
  • The Prince Eugen Culture Prize, 2007[12]
  • The Danish Queen Ingrid‘s Honorary Prize (2009)[12]
  • The Norwegian soloist prize (2009)[12]
  • Spellemannsprisen, Classical music. For Prokofiev & Sibelius: Violin Concertos. 2009[13]
  • Statoil's Classical Music Award (2010)[14]
  • Edison Klassiek Newcomer Award for Prokofiev & Sibelius: Violin Concertos .2011
  • Echo Klassik Award, newcomer award violin for Grieg, Bartók & R.Strauss: Sonatas. 2011[15]
  • Classic Brit Newcomer Award for Prokofiev & Sibelius: Violin Concertos. 2011[15]
  • Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award (2012)[15]
  • Edison Klassiek Chamber Music Award for Grieg, Bartók & R. Straus: Sonatas. 2012
  • Echo Klassik Award (2013)[16]
  • Echo Klassik Award (2015)[17]
  • Echo Klassik Award (2016)[18]
  • Gramophone Classical Music Award (2016)[19]
  • Diapason d'or de l'année (2018) for Bartók Violin Concerto No. 1 & Enescu Octet
  • Grand Prix L'Akádemie Charles Cros (2018) for Bartók Violin Concerto No. 1 and Enescu Octet


  • Prokofiev & Sibelius: Violin Concertos (2009). With WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and Thomas Søndergård (conductor). EMI Classics
  • Grieg, Bartók, R. Strauss: Violin Sonatas (2011). With Michail Lifits (piano). EMI Classics
  • Nielsen & Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos (2012). With Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Eivind Gullberg Jensen (conductor). EMI Classics
  • Mozart: Violin Concertos 1&5 and Sinfonia Concertante (2015). With Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor) and Maxim Rysanov (viola). Warner Classics
  • Korngold & Britten: Violin Concertos (2016). With Frankfurt Radio Symphony and James Gaffigan (conductor). Warner Classics
  • Homage (2017). With José Gallardo (piano). Warner Classics
  • Bartók Violin Concerto No.1 & Enescu Octet (2018). With Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mikko Franck (conductor), Erik Schumann, Gabriel Le Magadure, Rosanne Philippens, Lawrence Power, Lily Francis, Nicolas Altstaedt and Jan-Erik Gustafsson. Warner Classics


  1. ^ " interview with Vilde Frang: Carl Nielsen Violin Concerto".
  2. ^ a b c "Vilde Frang - Fellowship".
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