Warner sign Dutch violin teen

Warner sign Dutch violin teen


norman lebrecht

September 16, 2016

Warner Classics have snapped up an Anne-Sophie Mutter protégée, the Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut.

Noa, who is 15, has been giving concerts around Holland since she was seven.

Her mother is a violin teacher, her father plays viola in the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and her recital partner, Yoram Ish-Hurwitz, is also her uncle.

She will record Mozart for her debut album with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.



  • NYMike says:

    15 year-old Hilary Hahn’s first recordings were the Bach sonatas and partitas.

    • Emil Archambault says:

      And as good as that CD was/is, I dream of hearing her record them again now that she’s matured.

    • Pamela Brown says:

      I recall my first listening to Hillary’s Bach CD. I have never preferred anyone over Heifetz for solo Bach, and I was certainly not to be impressed by a young mophead. But when I heard it, I immediately sensed that Hillary’s playing was full and balanced in every way. That’s very much how Heifetz played. I was amazed…and still am…:-)

  • Alvaro says:

    If this was a business news blog, it would read like this:

    “Youngest ‘self-made’ billionaire on the cover of forbes. His mom was the heiress of a fortune and his father owns a hedge fund. In spite of growing through hardship, xxyy was able to overcome adversity and become a billionaire against all odds”…

    Yeah right…

    • Bruce says:

      I don’t get it.

    • Peter says:

      I don’t get it either. Contrary to monetary fortune, you can’t have any violin playing skills by inheritance.

      • Pamela Brown says:

        I agree. But if you do have bloodline and skill you can certainly get your foot in the door. Perhaps the skill will even initially be amplified by those gushing about the gift passing to the second generation, such as Elvis and Lisa Marie. But eventually they will have to win people over on their own. Or not.

  • Oded Zehavi says:

    I am waiting for the smart manager that will match her with Menahem Pressler….That will be quite a freak-show….

  • Melisande says:

    Even without a ‘smart manager’ the passion of the young pianist Noa Wildschut has a serious development. In november 2011, at the age of 10 years, she was coached by Menahem Pressler in a master class, together with Lucas Jussen and a young cellist. Facinating to witness and hear the eminence grise dedicating his experience to these youngsters in chamber music playing. There is a lot to expect from all of them.

  • Pamela Brown says:

    I should say too, imo, that anyone tackling Mozart is opening themselves up to a big can of worms.

    The flute concertos, for example, may not be as difficult as others but every flaw of interpretation will leap glaringly out, regardless of how much skill the player has.

    I am reminded of one flute player who recorded the concertos not too long ago who has astounding technique, yet they overplayed the melody line and added a cadenza that was so inappropriate it had me covering my ears. So, with Mozart, you just never know…:-0