Vilde Frang, violin
Michail Lifits, piano

Vilde Frang

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Friday, March 15
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall




Vilde Frang: Strauss Sonata


MOZART: Sonata in F Major, KV 376
Sonata No. 1, Op.13
Three Hungarian Dances
Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94

PONCE (arr. Heifetz): Estrellita

About This Performance

Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang has been in demand since her debut with the Oslo Philharmonic at age twelve, and now, at age twenty-four, her list of concert and recital credits reads like that of artists many years her senior. Prior to her SF Performances recital debut, she performs as a guest artist with Bernard Haitink and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

Supported in part by a grant from The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.

Artist Biography

Noted particularly for her superb musical expression, as well as her well-developed virtuosity and musicality, Vilde Frang has established herself as one of the leading young violinists of her generation since she was engaged by Mariss Jansons at the age of twelve to debut with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Highlights among her forthcoming and recent engagements include performances with Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, BBC Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Russian National Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, with conductors including Donald Runnicles, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mariss Jansons, David Zinman, Vassily Sinaisky, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gianandrea Noseda.

She appears as a recitalist and chamber musician at festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, Lockenhaus, Gstaad, Verbier and Lucerne. Amongst her collaborators were Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Martha Argerich, Julian Rachlin, Leif Ove Andsnes and Maxim Vengerov, and together with Anne-Sophie Mutter she has toured in Europe and the US, playing Bach’s Double Concerto with Camerata Salzburg.

After her 2007 debut with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vilde was immediately re-engaged for a concert with the orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski at the Royal Festival Hall in the 2009 season, followed by a recital at Wigmore Hall. Her concerto recording debut as EMI Classics’ Young Artist of the Year 2010 was greeted with acclaim by critics throughout the world and received the Edison Klassiek Award and a Classic BRIT Award for Best Newcomer. Her most recent recital recording was equally praised, and was selected as “Editor’s Choice” by Classic FM Magazine and “Diapason d’Or” by Diapason Magazine.

Born in 1986 in Norway, Vilde has studied at the Barratt Due Music Institute in Oslo, with Kolja Blacher at Musikhochschule Hamburg and Ana Chumachenco at the Kronberg Academy. She plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin lent by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Freundeskreis Stiftung.

Michail Lifits, already compared to the legendary Wilhelm Kempff and praised for “his inspirational tone and his wise maturity”, as well as for “the breathtaking beauty of his playing”, has increasingly captured public attention since his debut at the age of 13 with Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto.

Winner of the 57th Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (2009), he had already collected first prizes in other international competitions in Italy and the USA, such as Pianello val Tidone (2003), Treviso (2004), Monza (2006) and Hilton Head (2009).

Solo engagements have brought Michail Lifits to Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, to the Teatro della Pergola in Florence, the NCPA in Beijing, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Sala Verdi in Milan. He is a regular guest at international festivals in France, Germany, Poland, Italy and the United States, including the Festival d'Auvers-sur-Oise, the Annecy Festival, the Kissinger Sommer, Rheingau Music Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Chopin Festival in Duzhniki Zdroj. Among his appearances with Orchestra he has played with the Hilton Head Symphony, the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha, the Orchestra del Teatro Verdi di Trieste and the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo. In 2011 he made his debut with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO).

The same year saw his debut in London's Wigmore Hall, in the ‘Keyboard Trust Prizewinners Series’ which exhibits the cream of this international foundation’s new talent. Critics described his performance as “Perfection itsel”".

Since 2011 Michail Lifits has been under contract with the classical label DECCA/Universal Classics. In 2012 DECCA will release his debut CD dedicated to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Michail Lifits was born in 1982 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He studied with Karl-Heinz Kammerling and Bernd Goetzke at the University for Music and Drama in Hanover and with Boris Petrushansky at the International Piano Academy Incontri col Maestro in Imola (Italy).


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