The one and only - Violinist Niklas Walentin
"A true poet with a flair for creating the nuances,
which allows classical music to come alive." - Politiken
Niklas Walentin, Danish/Swiss violinist, has a unique style of playing, which combines all the best in both tradition and innovation. This style has, despite his young age, broad him anywhere from concerts in Carnegie Hall in New York to The Mariinsky theater in Sct. Petersburg and The
National Conservatory in Beijing. Niklas Walentin is a part of the young talented piano trio,
Trio Vitruvi, who won the Danish Radio Chambermusic Competition 2014 and Jurmala International Chambermusic Competition 2014.
Education and Studies
Niklas Walentin is from august 2015 studying Advanced Diploma as Soloist on The Royal Danish Academy of Music with Professor Eszter Haffner. He is at the same time studying Advanced Diploma as Chamber musician on The Royal Danish Academy of Music with
his Piano trio, Trio Vitruvi, at Professor Tim Fredriksen class. Earlier, he has been studying Master Degree of Performing Arts with Professor Sergej Krylov, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, and Master Degree with professor Eszter Haffner at the
Royal Danish Academy of Music. He has studied with the Danish violinist and composer Søren Elbæk, docent Elisabeth Zeuthen Schneider and studied with and participated in master classes with Prof. Sylvie Gazeau, Anker Buch, Odin Rathnam, Gerhard Schultz and Hilary Hahn.
Niklas Walentin has appeared as a solist with all the Danish States orchestras and the Danish Radio Symphonic Orchestra, and worked with many of the gratest conductors like Mario Venzago, Marc Soustro, Henrik Schäfer and Jean Thorell. Abroad, he has played recitals at prestigeous venues like The Mariinsky Theater in Sct. Petersburg, the danish culture house in Paris and Carnegie Hall in New York. He has represented Denmark at several chamber music festivals such as Usedom in Germany, Baastad in Sweden, and XIX International Music Festival in Ukraine. In March 2014 Niklas Walentins first CD was released: Solo Violin, with works by Bach, Paganini, Ysaÿe, Nielsen, Reger and Nørholm. He's seccond CD was released on the 4th of June 2015, with a recital in Weill Hall - Carnegie Hall, containing works by Carl Nielsen. In 2015, he was also featured in Professor Mogens Wenzel Andreasen's book "Wonderkids", descriping his early life and his developement of his talent from a family of non-musicians. In early 2016, he finished recording the American composer
Lou Harrison's violin concerto for violin and percussion ensemble, releasing later this year on Naxos International.
Niklas Walentin is beside his solocareer, a very experienced chamber musician and with the Trio Vitruvi, he is touring anywhere from the locals of Denmark to the far east of
China. Trio Vitruvi was formed in the summer of 2013 and has since won 1st prize and "Audience Favorite” prize in the National Danish Radio Chambermusic competition 2014, and 1st prize in Jurmala International Chambermusic competition. Trio Vitruvi has from
spring 2015 been accepted in ECMA, European Chambermusic Academy. Trio Vitruvi has twiced visited St. Petersburg with concerts at the Mariinsky Theater and the Philharmonia, Sale Cortot in Paris and future concerts include the Wigmore Hall.
Talent of the Year - and other awards
In 2013 he received the Danish Radio P2 Talent Award. He performed in gratitude for this award by playing live transmitted in television and radio: E. Ysaÿe Sonata for Solo Violin no. 3. Later in the transmission Niklas Walentin performed together with the violinist Nikolaj Znaider J.S. Bachs Double Concerto for two violins.
Niklas Walentin has earlier received The Sonning Talent Prize and The Jacob Gade Talent Prize for young musicians. In 2013 Niklas Walentin received The Great Prize from
Jacob Gades Foundation. Latest Niklas Walentin has been awarded the Danish Critics Award, and will in 2016 perform in the Copenhagen Concert Hall in Tivoli with gratitude to the award with E. Elgar's violinconcerto.
Support by the Danish Art Council
Niklas Walentin has twice been awarded "The Young Elite Award" from the Danish Art Coucil. First in May 2013, the prestigeous scholarship was given to Niklas Walentin, as he received the two years' scholarship as a soloist. Now in 2016, the same award was given to his piano trio, Trio Vitruvi.
This is a very sought-after appreciation among young musicians and therefore of a great honor.
Winner of numerous competitions
Niklas Walentin has participated in many competitions among these 1st Prize in Jacob Gade Competition for young violinists. The Gold medale in Berlingske Tidendes Classical Music Competition 2007. In 2012 Niklas Walentin was triple winner in The 9th Carl Nielsen
International Violin Competition winning the Second Prize in the competition, The Carl Nielsen Prize for best performance of Carl Nielsen's works, and the Prize for best performance of a contempory work by Ib Nørholm’s Ménage à Trois, which was composed specially for this competition. In 2012 he was also the first prize winner of the Copenhagen Summer Festival's Talent Prize 2012. In 2013 he won the "Solist of the year 2013"-competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, which led to a concert in Tivoli performing Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto. A special prize, Møn Prize, was established 2013 for Niklas Walentin.
Special donations and performances
The highly estimed Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik Foundation has given Niklas Walentin donations. In gratitude, he has performed for the Queen and Prince on several occasions. Niklas Walentin has been supported from Oticon Foundation, Mærsk Foundation, Augustinus Fondation, The Léonie Sonnings Fondation and Jacob
Gade Foundation to young talent mucisians, Anker Buchs Award, Odd Fellow Loge 78, Solistforeningen af 1921, Margrethe Axelsens Foundation, Møn Prize, Jacob Gade Foundations Great Prize.
In March 2014, Niklas Walentin recieved GLADSAXE KOMMUNES MUSIKPRIS 2014 and peformed P. I. Tchaikovskys violin concerto together with Copenhagen Phil.
Niklas Walentin has latest received the Danish Critics Award 2015 performed with gratitude in June 2016 Edward Elgar's Violin concerto with Copenhagen Phil.