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First Violin

Born in Norway, violinist Vilde Frang first came to prominence when she made her debut with the Oslo Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons at age twelve. She studied at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, with Kolja Blacher at Musikhochschule Hamburg, and with Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy. She also worked with Mitsuko Uchida as a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship winner in 2007, and she was a scholarship recipient from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation from 2003 to 2009. In 2012 she was unanimously awarded the Credit Suisse Young Artists Award, which led to her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink at the Lucerne Festival. She made her debut under San Francisco Symphony auspices in a 2014 Great Performers Series concert with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic. These current performances mark her SFS Orchestral Series debut.

The 2018-19 season includes two European tours with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Luxembourg Philharmonic, and engagements with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and Seoul Philharmonic.

Highlights of recent seasons include her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, and performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and Orchestra Mozart. Ms. Frang continues to have a close association with the Salzburg Festival where she returned in 2018 for concerts with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. She also returned to the Menuhin Festival Gstaad with Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala and gave an extensive lineup of concerts at the Verbier Festival. She has appeared at the BBC Proms twice and recently returned to the Lucerne Festival with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Herbert Blomstedt.

Ms. Frang is an exclusive Warner Classics recording artist, and her releases have received numerous awards, including the Edison Klassiek Award, Classic BRIT Award, Diapason d’Or, Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and the ECHO Klassik Award. She also received a Gramophone Award in the concerto category for her recording of Korngold’s Violin Concerto and Britten’s Violin Concerto.

Vilde Frang performs on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin from 1864.

(May 2019)