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Ning Feng

Violin

  • English Biography
  • German Biography

  • Born in Chengdu, China, Ning Feng studied at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, the Hanns Eisler School of Music (Berlin) with Antje Weithaas and the Royal Academy of Music (London) with Hu Kun, where he was the first student ever to be awarded 100% for his final recital. The recipient of prizes at the Hanover International, Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin International violin competitions, Ning Feng was First Prize winner of the 2005 Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand), and in 2006 won first prize in the International Paganini Competition.

    Established at the highest level in China, Ning Feng performs regularly in his native country with both major international and local orchestras, in recital and with the Dragon Quartet which he founded in 2012. Now based in Berlin and enjoying a global career, Ning Feng has developed a reputation internationally as an artist of great lyricism and emotional transparency, displaying tremendous bravura and awe-inspiring technical accomplishment.

    Highlights of Ning's 2014/15 season include debuts with the LA Philharmonic, Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Liszt and Berlin Konzerthaus Chamber orchestras, returns to the Auckland Philharmonia, Orchestra Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias, Macao Symphony and recitals and chamber performances in Seoul, Hong Kong and Brussels. He will also be soloist on two major tours, performing the Glazunov Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Petrenko in Dublin and across China, and later in the season the Beethoven Concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic/Van Zweden across some of the major centres of Europe, including London, Zurich, Berlin and Vienna.

    Recent successes for Ning have included performances of Bernstein's Serenade with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchester/Iván Fischer as part of the Konzerthaus's Bernstein celebrations, a tour of China with the Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer, performances with the Russian State Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg amongst others in halls such as Sydney Opera House, Moscow’s Great Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and Beijing’s NCPA. In recital and chamber music he has played in prestigious series and festivals such as Vancouver Recital Series, Hong Kong International Chamber, Prague Spring, Menuhin Festival Gstaad and Schleswig-Holstein Festivals and with Igor Levit he has performed across Germany, including at the Ludwigsburg and Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festivals, and also at the Kissinger Sommer Festival where he plays every year and where he was an Artist-in-Residence in 2014.

    Ning Feng records for Channel Classics in the Netherlands and his debut concerto disc, featuring Bruch Scottish Fantasy and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, was released in February 2014. Pizzicato magazine said, "He impresses not only with his technical skill but also with a warm, inspired and consistently full and lyric tone, able to express great emotion", and Gramophone magazine wrote, "The fast, high passages sound wonderfully clear and pure, and the first movement [of the Tchaikovsky], in particular, abounds in balletic grace." He has also recorded two discs of solo violin repertoire; one featuring sonatas by Bartók, Prokofiev and Hindemith, and the other virtuoso works by Paganini, Kreisler, Berio, Schnittke and others about which Audiophile Audition said, “none of these works is anything less than enthralling, and a few approach the incandescent. Milstein’s arrangement of the Paganiniana has never been bettered… this is an unqualified recommendation of a wonderful album that demonstrates the highest artistic and programming skills possible.”

    Ning Feng plays a 1721 Stradivari violin, known as the ‘MacMillan’, on private loan, kindly arranged by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong.

    Ning Feng is represented by Intermusica.
    2014/15 season / 573 words. Not to be altered without permission. Please destroy all previous biographical material.


    In Chengdu, China, geboren, studierte Ning Feng am Sichuan Konservatorium für Musik, bei Prof. Antje Weithaas an der Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin und bei Hu Kum an der Royal Academy of Music in London, wo er als erster Student in der 200-jährigen Geschichte der Akademie für sein Abschlusskonzert die Höchstpunktzahl erhielt. Preisträger zahlreicher internationaler Wettbewerbe wie dem Joseph Joachim, dem Königin Elisabeth und dem Yehudi Menuhin Wettbewerben, gewann er erste Preise 2005 beim Internationalen Violinwettbewerb Michael Hill in Neuseeland und 2006 beim Internationalen Violinwettbewerb “Premio Paganini”.

    In seiner Heimat China auf höchstem Niveau etabliert, gibt Ning Feng dort regelmäβig Solokonzerte und tritt sowohl mit internationalen und nationalen Orchestern als auch mit seinem 2012 gegründeten Dragon Quartet auf. Feng lebt inzwischen in Berlin, gibt weltweit Konzerte und ist für seinen warmen, lyrischen Ton ebenso bekannt wie für seine beindruckenden technischen Fähigkeiten.

    Zu den Highlights der Spielzeit 2014/15 gehören Debüts mit dem Los Angeles Philharmonic, den Münchner Symphonikern, dem Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin und dem Liszt Chamber Orchestra sowie Wiedereinladungen zum Auckland Philharmonia, dem Orchestra Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias und dem Macao Symphony Orchestra und Rezitale und Kammermusikkonzerte in Seoul, Hong Kong und Brüssel. Feng wird mit dem Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra unter Vasily Petrenko Konzerte in Dublin und in China geben und mit dem Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra und Jaap van Zweden auf Tournee gehen und das Beethoven Violinkonzert in Wien, Berlin, London, Zürich und weiteren wichtigen Musikstädten spielen.

    In den vergangenen Spielzeiten führte Feng im Rahmen der Bernstein Feierlichkeiten des Konzerthaus Berlin Bernsteins Serenade mit dem Konzerthausorchester unter Iván Fischer auf, ging mit dem Budapest Festival Orchestra ebenfalls unter Iván Fischer auf Chinatournee und gab u.a. Konzerte mit der Russischen Staatssinfonie, dem Orchestre National de Lyon und dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg in Konzerthäusern wie dem Sydney Opera House, dem Groβen Saal Moskau, dem Konzerthaus Wien, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center und Beijings NCPA. Zusammen mit Igor Levit trat er bei den Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, dem Heidelberger Frühling, den Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen, den Kunstfestspielen Herrenhausen und beim Kissinger Sommer auf, bei dem Feng jedes Jahr zu Gast ist und 2014 Artist-in-Residence war. Weitere Festivalauftritte waren u.a. beim Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival, dem Prager Frühling,dem Menuhin Festival Gstaad und dem Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.

    Ning Fengs Einspielung von Tschaikowskis Violinkonzert und Bruchs Schottischer Fantasie mit dem Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin erschien bei seinem holländischen Label Channel Classics im Februar 2014. Pizzicato Magazin schrieb: „Er beeindruckt nicht nur mit seinen technischen Fähigkeiten, sondern ebenso mit einem warmen, beseelten und stets vollen, lyrischen Ton, der zu großen Emotionen führen kann“, Crescendo bewunderte seinen „betörend duftenden Geigenton“ und Gramophone schrieb:„Die schnellen, hohen Passagen klingen wunderbar klar und rein und der erste Satz [von Tschaikowski] insbesodere ist voll tänzerischer Anmut.“ Feng hat auch zwei CDs mit Repertoire für Violine Solo aufgenommen, eine mit Werken von Bartok, Prokofiev und Hindemith und die andere mit virtuosen Werken von u.a. Paganini, Kreisler, Berio und Schnittke, über die Audiophile Audition schrieb “Man wird schier umgehauen von der Kunstfertigkeit dieses Albums ...das von höchst möglichem künstlerischem Können und herausragender Programmierung zeugt.”

    Ning Feng spielt die als “MacMillen” bekannte Stradivari Violine aus dem Jahr 1721, eine von Premiere Performances of Hong Kong arrangierte private Leihgabe.

    Ning Feng wird von Intermusica repräsentiert.
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    BACH, J.S.
    Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV.1041
    Violin Concerto in E major, BWV.1042
    Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Continuo in D minor, BWV.1043
    BARBER
    Violin Concerto, Op.14
    BARTÓK
    Violin Concerto No.2, BB.117
    BEETHOVEN
    Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61
    Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C major, Op.56
    BRAHMS
    Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
    Double Concerto in A minor, Op.102
    BRUCH
    Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26
    Violin Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.44
    Scottish Fantasy in E-flat major, Op.46
    DVORÁK
    Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53
    ELGAR
    Violin Concerto in B minor, Op.61
    GLAZUNOV
    Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82 
    KABALEVSKY
    Violin Concerto in C major, Op.48
    KHACHATURIAN
    Violin Concerto in D minor
    KORNGOLD
    Violin Concerto
    LALO
    Symphonie Espagnole in D minor, Op.21
    MENDELSSOHN
    Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64

    Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra
    MOZART
    Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216
    Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K.218
    Violin Concerto No.5 in A major, K.219
    Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E-flat major, K.364
    PAGANINI
    Violin Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, Op.6
    Violin Concerto No.4 in D minor
    PIAZZOLLA
    The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
    PROKOFIEV
    Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.19
    Violin Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.63
    SAINT-SAËNS 
    Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61
    SCHUMANN
    Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO.23
    SHOSTAKOVICH
    Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.77
    SIBELIUS
    Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47
    STRAUSS, R.
    Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.8
    TCHAIKOVSKY
    Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35
    VIEUXTEMPS
    Violin Concerto No.5 in A minor, Op.37
    VIVALDI
    The Four Seasons
    WIENIAWSKI
    Violin Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.22

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    BRUCH & TCHAIKOVSKY
    Bruch Scottish Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, Op.46
    Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D, Op.35

    Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
    Yang Yang (conductor)

    Channel Classics 34413
    Released 2013


    SOLO 2
    Prokofiev Solo Sonata in D major, Op.115
    Hindemith Solo Sonata Op.31 No.1
    Hindemith Solo Sonata Op.31 No.2 ‘Es ist so schönes Wetter draussen’
    Bartók Solo Sonata Sz117

    Channel Classics 34413
    Released 2013


    PAGANINI 'SOLO'
    Milstein Paganiniana, Variations
    Tárrega/Ricci Recuerdos de la Alhambra
    Berio Sequenza VIII
    Paganini Duet for One Violin in C major
    Schnittke A Paganini
    H. W. Ernst der Erlkönig (Schubert)-Grand Caprice Op.26 , The Last Rose of Summer (Etude No.6)
    Kreisler Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice

    Channel Classics 31210
    Released 2010



  • Performance reviews
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  • German reviews
  • Kissinger Sommer / Orchestre National de Marseille / Lawrence Foster / Paganini Violin Concerto No.1
    “It was unbelievable to watch the precision and musical creative energy with which Ning Feng performed this mountain of notes without breaking a sweat, as well as his delivery of the spectacular spiccato passages. We marvelled at how he developed an absurdly fast but yet not rushed prestissimo in the runs of double-stopping and also in some of the fantastically delicate harmonics, how he climbed the heights of the G string in the wonderfully singing Adagio espressivo so as not to alter the timbre with a change of string – a small trick with a major effect. In addition, the first movement cadenza was so scintillating that the public erupted in enthusiastic applause as soon as the movement was over – just as they did for Paganini.”
    Thomas Ahnert, Main-Post, July 2014

    Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias
    “The work is a monument in violin repertoire, and Feng’s interpretation was both a display of technical sophistication and resounding purity…In the final cadenza Feng reached the pinnacle of his luxurious performance. Not one but two magnificent encores had to be given due to the applause. The first was Spanish - ‘Recuerdos de la Alhambra’ by Tarrega, arranged by the violinist Ruggiero Ricci – a marvel. The second, no less impressive, was the ‘Capriccio No.7’ by Paganini.”
    Joaquin Valdeon, La Nueva Espana, February 2014

    4th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival/ Souvenir de Florence
    “Premiere Performances notched up its 4th Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival (Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence with violinist Ning Feng was a memorable highlight)”
    Sam Olluver, South China Morning Post, December 2013

    Kong Kong Philharmonic / Jaap van Zweden / Shostakovich Symphony No.5
    “As impressive as Shostakovich's mastery was, Beethoven was a welcome contrast. His Violin Concerto in D major is radiant, with much of it in the birdsong range high on the A and E strings. Ning Feng delighted listeners with a flawless crystalline sound… There were breathtaking transitions as the soloist held a note and the orchestra shifted to a new harmony.

    Ning did not disappoint in the cadenza with its trickily layered melody and triplet accompaniment…

    During the quiet but astonishing encore, a transcription of the guitar solo Recuerdos de la Alhambra, Ning created a circle of intimacy, as if we were just sitting on his sofa at home, for the transfixed audience.”
    Alexis Alrich, South China Morning Post, December 2013

    Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin / Ivan Fischer / Bernstein Serenade
    “The Chinese violinist Ning Feng surprised with a direct, highly virtuosic approach, and after two dazzlingly masterful encores, he was justifiably celebrated.”
    Matthias Nöther, Berliner Morgenpost, November 2013

    “In Bernstein’s Serenade, most notably, Ning Feng on solo violin produced a shimmering sea of colour.”
    Christian Schmidt, Tagesspiegel, November 2013

    Grünwald, Munich – Trio concert with Igor Levit and Sebastian Klinger / Shostakovich, Beethoven, Dvorák
    “So often, the first piece in an evening of chamber music is used simply as a warm-up for what follows. But not at this concert in the August-Everding-Saal, where Igor Levit (piano), Ning Feng (violin) and Sebastian Klinger (cello), performed the 17-year-old Dmitri Shostakovich's opus 8. Every twist and turn of this one-movement, Janus-faced piece, every note, every phrase was filled with colour, intensity and energy. Now tenderly evocative, now surging aggressively forwards, the music was impetuous and full of youthful vigour. There was never a hint that the musicians in this trio were playing together for the first time.”
    Süddeutsche Zeitung, September 2013

    “Here once again, the musicians showed an unerring feel for the unfolding suspense of the piece. Unlike so many other versions, this movement did not come across as the least bit ponderous. It was thrilling. The tension was almost too much for the Grünwald audience to bear. The musicians approached the changing moods of every movement (of Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Trio in D major, opus 70 no. 1) with a sense of phrasing and balance.”
    Münchner Merkur, September 2013

    Closing Night Gala – Hong Kong International Chamber Festival / Tchaikovsky String Sextet Souvenir de Florence Op.70
    “… the performance of this proved to be the highlight of the evening. The first movement was kept gorgeously light spirited. The romantic theme in the second movment showcased Ning’s mellifluous playing before taken up by Elschenbroich’s equally excellent playing. The third movement was performed deceptively reserved, which gave way to an unrestrained joyous celebration in the final movement, a most suited conclusion for an outstanding evening and festival.”
    Satoshi Kyo, Time Out Hong Kong, January 2013

    Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra / Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
    “Ning Feng's total mastery could be seen in the precision and sweep of his bow, and heard in the effortless tonal range, from sweet to sumptuous. Throughout, he gave every note its due weight in what, with other players, might have been mere passagework.”
    William Dart, New Zealand Herald, October 2012

    Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival / Recital with Thomas Hoppe
    “Ning Feng and Thomas Hoppe gave a top rate recital at the Marstall in Ahrensburg. Their appearance as part of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival was undoubtedly one of the town’s cultural highlights of the year.

    Waxman’s ‘Carmen Fantasie’ began conventionally, but then accelerated to a furious climax, in which violinist Feng demonstrated his unbelievable mastery of his instrument.”
    Locale Wochenzeitungen, August 2012

    Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival / Golijov, Piazzolla, Botessini & Vivaldi Four Seasons
    “Ning and Zhang made light of the technical duels, the fine judgments of speed and the work's unsubtle construction to produce an authoritative display of a musical cappuccino.”

    “Ning's unfailing ear for colour and detail of line proved exemplary in Winter.”
    Sam Olluver, South China Morning Post, January 2012

    “The young Chinese violinist wowed the bravo-spouting audience with his effortless virtuosity, clarity and command… it was Ning that stole the show.”
    Mark Tjhung, Time Out, January 2012 

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    Bruch Scottish Fantasy, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto / Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin / Yang Yang (Channel Classics)
    “Both works on this CD are excellently interpreted by the Chinese violinist Ning Feng… The young violinist has won numerous prizes, and this disc demonstrates how deserved they are.”
    Nederlands Dagblad, April 2014

    “Ning Feng’s account of the Tchaikovsky is notably elegant. The fast, high passages sound wonderfully clear and pure, and the first movement, in particular, abounds in balletic grace – surely a part of the music’s essential character. In the cadenza, performed just as Tchaikovsky wrote it, without any of the little ‘improvements’ we often hear, he reveals a finely honed sense of timing, which also comes into play in the introductory solo to the finale; and as the finale gets under way, Feng’s liveliness and precision ensure an impression of real vivacity…

    Ning Feng’s sensitivity bears fruit in a deeply poetic account of the introductory section to the Scottish Fantasy, his delicate, lonely presence contrasting beautifully with the solemn, gloomy orchestral setting. And he’s in his element with the virtuoso high jinks of the Scherzo and finale, tossed off without turning a hair.”
    Duncan Druce, Gramophone, March 2014

    “This 32-year-old violinist, who trained in his native country and with Antje Weithaas at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin and subsequently won numerous prizes, is certainly an exceptional talent. He impresses not only with his technical skill but also with a warm, inspired and consistently full and lyric tone, able to express great emotion. He offers a correspondingly romantic and sensitive performance of Bruch’s Scottish fantasy which retains a certain grandeur, not least thanks to the orchestra’s spirited playing.

    The Canzonetta is beautifully played and the Finale (of the Tchaikovsky concerto) is a unique fireworks display for both soloist and orchestra with enchantingly charming slow passages.

    The sound quality is clear, transparent, broad and opulent in surround.”
    Remy Franck, Pizzicato, February 2014

    “The young Chinese violinist Ning Feng, a winner of many international prizes, has already made three outstanding solo recital discs for Channel Classics – Hello Mr. Paganini - Ning Feng, Solo - Ning Feng and Solo 2 - Ning Feng, but this is his first concerto disc for the label.

    The 'Scottish Fantasy' of Max Bruch has always been overshadowed to some extent by the popularity of his 1st Violin Concerto, yet in many respects it could be considered to be the finer work. Bruch's imaginative use of Scottish folk tunes is beguiling and the alternating slow-fast five sections make for a work of contrasts and much variety. Ning Feng's hushed playing in the opening 'Introduction: Grave' immediately establishes the stature of this performance and his lyrical outpourings in the piece's slower sections, such as the gorgeous 'Andante sostenuto', do full justice to Bruch's richly melodic writing. The final 'Allegro guerriero' opens at a fairly steady pace, but gradually builds in excitement thanks to Ning Feng's dazzling playing and the fine support from Yang Yang and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, Berlin.

    The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto has received so many excellent recordings on both CD and SACD that one wonders whether there is any room left for another. The answer, based on this account from Ning Feng, is a resounding yes. He plays this work as if it were newly minted. Tempi in all three movements are spacious, possibly as a result of Feng's insistence on clear articulation of the solo part and a reluctance to indulge in mere virtuosity at the expense of the work's deeper musical values… I was entirely convinced by the sheer beauty and musicality of his interpretation. The laser accuracy of Feng's playing coupled with the bright timbre of his 2007 Stefan-Peter instrument makes this performance a gripping aural and musical experience.

    However many recordings of these two works you have in your collection you should investigate this one – more please from this outstanding artist.”
    SA-CD.net, February 2014

    SOLO 2 [Channel Classics]
    “this is a CD of quite stunning violin playing. Every aspect of Ning Feng’s playing seems to be under extraordinary control. The even-ness of his tone production whether high, low, slow and sustained or precipitously fast is remarkably similar. Usually you can perceive a degree of technical strain in the way the tone hardens or some passage-work might fractionally blur - not here, every note and strand of music remains crystal clear.”
    Nick Barnard, Music Web International, November 2013

    SOLO [Channel Classics]
    “This is a stunning recording of solo violin works…and there are really few violinists who are able to pull it off.

    “…this is an unqualified recommendation of a wonderful album that demonstrates the highest artistic and programming skills possible.”
    Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition, five stars, February 2011

    Paganini: ‘Hello Mr. Paganini’, with Thomas Hoppe (piano) [Channel Classics]
    “Ning Feng stands out, even in an age full of dazzling young string players. His virtuosity is breathtaking but he also possesses a real sense for the poetic, and he makes a wonderfully pure sound as well.”
    The Dominion Post, five stars, August 2008

    “The music on this disc Hello Mr Paganini some of the most difficult ever written for violin, is not played easily, and even less played with conviction. Ning does both, and with a sort of insouciant arrogance that speaks not only of ability but of empathy with the composer as well. According to the notes, he wishes us to “sing along” and not simply be amazed by the wizardry that Paganini infused into this music, devilish or not. …I remain convinced that only a violinist who actually loves this music—aside from just being intimidated by it or finding it challenging—could put across the melodic emphasis with such grace and airiness without focusing so much on the difficulties of the formal technique involved.”
    Audiophile Audition, February 2008

    “It's no surprise to learn that Ning Feng was the winner of the 2006 International Paganini Competition in Genoa; he's able to bring the great virtuoso's most extreme flights of fancy to life with exceptional beauty and precision. The left hand pizzicati are uncommonly clear, even and rhythmic, and the notorious double harmonics are not only pure in tuning and tone quality, but sensitively and expressively phrased, too. Performed with this degree of finesse, Paganini’s music takes on a surreal quality – a dreamlike extension of more normal ranges of expression…It’s an enthralling, exciting recital.”
    Gramophone, February 2008

    “Feng maintains exceptional purity of intonation, with the minimum of noices off. Above all, even in the forced-harmonic acrobatics and dancing left-hand pizzicatos he always sounds as though he is enjoying himself enormously. […] Ning Feng, struts his stuff in 8 dazzling showpieces. An impressive calling card.”
    Classic FM Magazine

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    Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
    “Herzstück des Abends aber war Rachmaninows Klaviertrio op. 9 "Trio élegiaque", eine anlässlich des Todes von Tschaikowsky komponierte Trauermusik. Wie berührbar innig, dabei technisch absolut souverän der Geiger Ning Feng, der Cellist Isang Enders und Levit diese rabenschwarz aus dem Abgrund tiefster Traurigkeit leuchtende Musik lebendig werden ließen, bot wieder mal einen Beweis dafür, dass das Wichtigste in der Musik nicht in den Noten steht.”
    Tom R Schulz, Hamburger Abendblatt, August 2014

    Kissinger Sommer / Orchestre National de Marseille / Lawrence Foster / Paganini Violin Concerto No.1
    Es war unglaublich, mit welcher Präzision und musikalischer Gestaltungskraft sich Ning Feng durch dieses Notengebirge arbeitete, ohne dabei ins Schwitzen zu kommen, wie er die fulminanten Spiccatopassagen ablieferte. Wie er in den Doppelgriffläufen, zum Teil auch im fürchterlich empfindlichen Flageolett ein Prestissimo entwickelte, das nicht gehetzt, sondern nur absurd schnell wirkte. Wie er in dem wunderbar singenden Adagio espressivo auf der G-Saite in die hohen Lagen ging, um durch einen Saitenwechsel nicht die Klangfarbe zu verändern - ein kleiner Kunstgriff mit großer Wirkung. Und die Kadenz des ersten Satzes war so fulminant, dass das Publikum schon nach dem ersten Satz heftig klatschte - wie bei Paganini.
    Thomas Ahnert, Main-Post, July 2014

    Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele / with Igor Levit & Maximillian Hornung / Shostakovich, Beethoven
    Zuvor hatten der 27-Jährige und seine Freunde Ning Feng, Geige, und Maximilian Hornung, Cello, das Auditorium mit Beethovens Variationen über das Lied “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu” verzaubert.

    Dass die drei Musiker sich hervorragend verstehen, offenbarte sich nicht nur in der Spielfreude, der sprechenden Artikulation und dem innigen Miteinander, sondern besonders auch an den sorgfältig gestalteten Übergängen und in der Selbstverständlichkeit, mit der man Beethovens mal humorvolle, mal ernste und gewichtige Gedanken austauschte und darauf reagierte.
    Eßlinger Zeitung, May 2014

    Tchaikovsky/Bruch / Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin (Channel Classics)
    „Der heute 32-jährige chinesische Geiger, der in seiner Heimat und dann bei Antje Weithaas an der Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin ausgebildet wurde und in der Folge zahlreiche Preise gewann, ist gewiss ein herausragendes Talent. Er beeindruckt nicht nur mit seinen technischen Fähigkeiten, sondern ebenso mit einem warmen, beseelten und stets vollen, lyrischen Ton, der zu großen Emotionen führen kann. Entsprechend romantisch-sensibel spielt er Bruchs Schottische Fantasie, der zudem – nicht zuletzt durch das schwungvolle Orchesterspiel – eine gewisse Grandezza nicht abgeht.

    Sehr schön gelingt die Canzonetta und das Finale (des Tchaikovsky-Konzerts) ist ein einziges solistisches wie auch orchestrales Feuerwerk mit hinreißend charmanten langsamen Passagen. Das Klangbild ist klar, transparent, räumlich weit angelegt und im Surround opulent.“
    Pizzicato, February 2014

    Konzerthausorchester/ Iván Fischer (Bernstein Serenade)
    „Der chinesische Solo-Geiger Ning Feng überrascht mit einem direkten, hochvirtuosen Zugriff und wird am Ende nach zwei blendend bewältigten Zugaben zu Recht gefeiert.“
    Berliner Morgenpost, November 2013

    „In Bernsteins Serenade nach Platons „Symposion“ sorgt vor allem Ning Feng mit der Sologeige für ein Meer schillernder Klangfarben. Ein Auftrumpfen mit Virtuosenreiterei ist da nicht notwendig.”
    Tagesspiegel, November 2013

    „Ning Feng spielte den Führer durch dieses Symposion, mit reichen Facetten und im inneren Dialog mit dem Orchester. Besonders anrührend der Beginn, der in eine Fuge mündet, die doch eine Liebesvereinigung ist.”
    Kulturradio rbb, November 2013

    Grünwalder Konzerte
    „Wie oft wird das erste Werk eines Kammermusik-Abends als Einspielstück zum Aufwärmen missbraucht. Anders im August-Everding-Saal beim Konzert von Igor Levit (Klavier), Ning Feng (Geige) und Sebastian Klinger (Cello) mit dem op. 8 des 17-jährigen Dmitri Schostakowitsch. Jede Volte dieses einsätzigen, janusköpfigen Stücks, jeder Ton, jede Phrase besaßen Farbe, Leuchtkraft und Energie, ungestüm und voller jungmännlichem Elan schwankend zwischen zarter Geste und aggressiver Attacke. Nie war zu hören, dass die Musiker in dieser Dreier-Kombination zum ersten Mal zusammenspielten.“
    Süddeutsche Zeitung, September 2013

    „Die Musiker ziegen hier einmal mehr ihr untrügliches Gespür für spannungsgeladene Entwicklungen. Dieser Satz wirkt keineswegs wie in so vielen anderen Versionen erdenschwer sondern „thrilling“. Das Herz des Grünwalder Zuhörers gerät vor Spannung fast in einen Alarmzustand. Mit Sinn für Phrasierung und Balance treffen die Musiker die Stimmungen jeden Satzes (Beethovens „Geister-Trios“ in D-Dur op. 70/1).“
    Münchner Merkur, September 2013

    Heidelberger Frühling
    „Passionierter und opulenter als an diesem Abend dürfte Tschaikowskys Opus (Klaviertrio in a-moll op. 50) wohl selten geklungen haben. Igor Levits sensationell vielschichtige Tastenbravour,Ning Fengs herrlich leuchtkräftiger Geigenschmelz und Maximilan Hornungs geschmackvoll-edle Cellowärme ergaben eine ideal werkgerechte Mischung. Dafür gab es auch “standing ovations.”
    Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, März 2013

    Rezital beim Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival 2012
    „Mit viel Perfektion und Leidenschaft vorgetragene Werke von Dimitri Schostakowitsch und Peter Tschaikowsky halten den Abend auch nach der Pause auf einem Spitzenniveau... Die Carmen-Fantasie des Filmkomponisten Franz Waxman startet eher konventionell, zieht dann aber zu einem furiosen Endspurt an, in der vor allem Geiger Feng seine unglaubliche Beherrschung des Instruments beweisen darf…. Der überwältigende Applaus amSchluss ist durchmischt mit lauten Bravo-Rufen für das bestens eingespielte Duo Feng/Hoppe.”
    Ahrensburger Markt, August 2012

    Kissinger Sommer 2012
    „Herrlich war nicht zuletzt, was Ning Feng klanglich sowohl in höchster Höhe wie auch auf der wunderbar rund tönenden G-Saite aus seinem Instrument herausholte”
    Main Post, Juni 2012

    „Mit Beseeltheit im Spiel überzeugte der junge chinesiche Violinist Ning Feng in Bernsteins Serenade für Violine und Orchester”
    Main Post, Juli 2012

    „Bei dem Geiger hat man ja nie den Eindruck, dass etwas schwierig sein könnte. Und es gelang ihm wunderbar, dieser etwas verkopften Musik starke emotionale Seiten abzugewinnen.”
    Saale Zeitung, Juli 2012

    Stadttheater Bremerhaven/Stephan Tetzlaff (Dvorak Violinkonzert)
    „…die Raffinesse, mit der Ning Virtuosität auf Zehenspitzen präsentierte, rang allen Hörern des Sinfoniekonzerts im Großen Haus uneingeschränkte Bewunderung ab. Die war schon vorher beim Violinkonzert a-Moll op. 53 von Antonín Dvorák angebracht gewesen. Der Chinese gestaltete im zerzausten Kopfsatz enorm geschmeidige Übergänge, grub die süffige Melodik regelrecht aus seiner Geige heraus. Der romanzenhafte Mittelsatz rückte da, mit sanft verhangenem Höhenton, ins Zentrum der Darbietung. Auch das folkloristisch derbe Finale blieb immer nobel – eine unglaublich überlegene Darbietung.”
    Nordsee-Zeitung, Mai 2011

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