Vilde Frang (also known in Scandinavia as Vilde Frang Bjærke) was born in Norway in 1986. She was a child prodigy, studying violin from age four. Her first advanced studies were at the Oslo-based Barratt Due Music Institute. In the late '90s Mutter
discovered Frang and over time convinced her to continue studies in Hamburg. Frang moved to Hamburg in 2003 for studies at the Musikhochschule there, where her teachers included Kolja Blacher
. She also had instruction with Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy.
Frang appeared regularly in concerts in Germany and Scandinavia during her student years, but it was her 2007 debut with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
that thrust her into the limelight. EMI
began negotiating a recording deal with her, and Frang's first recording, the Sibelius
Violin Concerto and Prokofiev
First Concerto, was issued in 2009. That effort garnered the Spellemannspris, a Norwegian version of the Grammy.
In 2010 Frang was named EMI Classics
' Young Artist of the Year. Her second recording came that same year, a disc of Chopin
works on which she appeared in the Trio for piano and strings, with cellist Andreas Brantelid
and pianist Marianna Shirinyan
. In 2011 Frang received the Edison Klassiek Newcomer Award in the Hague. The indefatigable violinist has hardly had time to collect all her awards and citations, as she has carried a heavy schedule of concerts, not only at the major concert and recital halls, but at music festivals.
Her 2011 schedule included tours of Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Japan, a ten-concert tour with Mutter
, and appearances at the Bergen Festival, Mozart-Festwochen in Wurzburg, Festival of Northern Norway, Kronberg Festival, and many others. Frang's 2011 EMI
CD of works by Grieg
, and Richard Strauss
, with pianist Michail Lifits
, was another critically acclaimed effort, as was her 2012 recording of the Nielsen and Tchaikovsky concertos.