”Walentin is a fastidious, well-trained musician. His sound…is clean, always in the center of the pitch and vibrant. The bow moves in perfectly straight lines, no matter how fast, and he clears technical hurdles without effort.…this recital showed musical intellect, a questing soul and superior command of the instrument. I hope he starts to visit our shores often.”
The Washington Post, October 3, 2016
Robert Batteys review of sonatas of Carl Nielsen and Brahms as well as Lou Harrison’s Violin Concerto.
”…a true poet able to create the nuances, that make classical music live.”
Politiken , June 6, 2016
Henrik Friis’ review of Elgar’s Violin Concerto
Of Danish/Swiss nationality, born in 1994, critically acclaimed violinist Niklas Walentin divides his time between his solo work and chamber music. His unique style of playing combines all the best qualities of tradition and innovation.
Despite his young age, Mr Walentin’s career has already taken him to prestigious concert halls in the US (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, New York, and the Phillips Collection, Washington), Russia (Mariinsky Theatre and the Philharmonia, St. Petersburg ), France (Salle Cortot, Paris), UK ( Wigmore Hall, London), Japan and China. He has worked with conductors such as Mario Venzago, Marc Soustro, Joshua Weilerstein, Giordano Bellincampi, Henrik Schäfer, Jean Thorell, Michael Kuen and Martin Yates.
His repertoire includes violin concertos of Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Niels W. Gade, Tchaikovsky, Carl Nielsen, Edward Elgar, Lou Harrison and Poul Ruders as well as shorter pieces of Beethoven, Massenet and Saint-Saëns and Jacob Gade’s indestructible “Tango jalousie”.
Mr Walentin is a founding member of the award winning piano trio, Trio Vitruvi.
Mr Walentin has several CD recordings under hs belt, featuring music for unaccompanied violin, violin and piano and Schubert’s great E flat major Trio with Trio Vitruvi. In June 2018, he recorded Poul Ruders’ solo piece ”Summer’s Prelude & Winter’s Fugue” for the American label, Bridge Records. Next step will be the integral solo works of Eugène Ysaÿe to be published by Naxos September 11, 2020 and Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin with Percussion Orchestra.
In December 2018, Mr Walentin was awarded The Carl Nielsen Society’s Honorary Prize for his dedication to Carl Nielsen’s music.
Niklas Walentin is supported and sponsored by Jargar Strings, and he plays a violin by Joannes Franciscus Pressenda/ Q. Raphael, Torino 1837 generously loaned to him by the Augustinus Foundation.
Granvig Artists represents Niklas Walentin:
The Nordic countries – exclusively
Rest of the world – non-exclusively