With 'Sophisticated Lady' violinist Wilma Thalen (1964) makes her first appearance on Turtle Records. And even though in jazz the violin remains an unusual instrument, recording an album of jazz standards seems like a logical step in her career.
After her education (next to the conservatory Thalen attended the so called 'Russian school' of Philippe Hirshhorn) Thalen played for years in various renowned chamber music ensembles and symphony orchestras all over the world. It got her and her instrument to Africa, Asia, the US and Europe, especially Scandinavia. Since the early nineties Thalen also buckled down to music theatre and occasionally she makes excursions to klezmer, tango en popmusic. Heavily rooted in classical music she now actually masters all styles.