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Ning Feng

Violin

  • Ning Feng is recognised internationally as an artist of great lyricism, innate musicality and stunning virtuosity.  He performs across the globe with major orchestras and conductors, and in recital and chamber concerts in some of the most important international series and festivals.  In 2019 the Washington Post described him as "a wonderful player with a creamy, easy tone and an emotional honesty” and BBC Music Magazine said of a recent recording “His silvery tonal purity, immaculate intonation and gently beguiling musicality have a way of making most other players sound decidedly effortful by comparison.”   

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  • Ning Feng has toured Europe, Asia and Australia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra/ van Zweden, he has toured China with many orchestras including the Budapest Festival Orchestra/ Iván Fischer, with whom he has also performed several times in Budapest, with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchester/ Lawrence Foster, and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he has also worked many times.  Other career highlights to date include performances with the Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Philharmonic,  LA Philharmonic, National Symphony (Washington), Helsinki Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Russian National Symphony orchestras amongst others.  He has worked with many eminent conductors including Gianandrea Noseda, Marin Alsop, Yu Long, Tugan Sokhiev, Vladimir Spivakov and Vassily Petrenko.


    In China, Ning feng is held in the highest regard, appearing with all the major Chinese orchestras, visiting international orchestras and in recital.  In 20/21 he was Artist-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and in the same season he performed the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Shanghai Symphony , Guangzhou Symphony and China Philharmonic orchestras. 


    In chamber music Ning Feng has performed many times with Igor Levit at the Schubertiade Festival, and across Germany and London, including both Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre.   He has performed many times at Kissinger Sommer Festival, and has collaborated with artists including Edgar Moreau, Daniel Müller-Schott and Nicholas Angelich.


    Ning Feng records for Channel Classics and his most recent disc ‘Virtuosismo’ featuring Paganini Violin Concerto No.1 and Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.4 was released in September 2019. His earlier recording of Bach’s complete solo works for violin was hailed by Gramophone as “unlike anyone else’s… it’s the illusion of a freewheeling conversation projected from within that held me captive."  His discography also includes concerti by Elgar, Finzi, Tchaikovsky, Bruch (Scottish Fantasy), works for violin and orchestra by Sarasate, Lalo, Ravel and Bizet/Waxman, and with the Dragon Quartet works by Schubert, Dvořák, Borodin, Shostakovich and Weinberg. 


    Born in Chengdu, China, Ning Feng studied at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music with Weimin Hu, 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. 


    Ning Feng plays the 1710 Stradivari violin known as the ‘Vieuxtemps Hauser’, by kind arrangement with Premiere Performances of Hong Kong, and plays on strings by Thomastik-Infeld, Vienna. 

    2021/22 season / 534 words. Not to be altered without permission.

Performances

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Conductors

Marin Alsop 
Giordano Bellincampi
Karina Canellakis
Joana Carneiro
Andreas Delfs
Iván Fischer
Lawrence Foster
Fabien Gabel 
James Gaffigan
Daniele Gatti
Mirga Grazinyta-Tyla
Giancarlo Guerrero
Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Vladimir Jurowski
Lan Shui
Marko Letonja
Lü Jia
Yu Long
Rossen Milanov
Roberto Minczuk
Gianandrea Noseda
Vasily Petrenko
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Alexander Shelley
Leonard Slatkin
Vladimir Spivakov
Joshua Weilerstein
Muhai Tang
Kazuki Yamada
Simone Young 
Xian Zhang
Jaap Van Zweden

Concerto repertoire

Bach, J.S.
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV.1041
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV.1042
Concerto for Two Violins, Strings & 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


Berg
Violin Concerto 


Bernstein
Serenade (After Plato's 'Symposium') 


Brahms
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Double Concerto in A minor, Op.102


Britten
Violin Concerto, Op.15


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


Dutilleux
L'arbre des songes 


Dvarionas
Violin Concerto in B minor 


Dvořák
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53


Elgar
Violin Concerto in B minor, Op.61


Glazunov
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82


Goldmark
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.28


Hartman, K.A.
Concerto funèbre 


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 & Orchestra in E-flat major, K.364


Nielsen
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, Op.33


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

Qigang Chen: Violin Concerto ‘La Joie de la souffrance’


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


Stravinsky
Violin Concerto in D major


Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35


Vieuxtemps
Violin Concerto No.5 in A minor, Op.37


Vivaldi
The Four Seasons


Walton
Violin Concerto


Wieniawski
Violin Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.22

Ning Feng surprised with a direct, highly virtuosic approach, and after two dazzlingly masterful encores, he was justifiably celebrated.

Berliner Morgenpost

Ning’s cool, slippery sound soared like a bird, the triplets beautifully shaped, the double-stopping in the Kreisler cadenzas pure and true, his vibrato lightly applied, just another colour in the palette.

Times

Ning Feng displayed a gorgeous light touch with faultless intonation and deft bowing married to a sweet tone. The melodic lines were all smooth and beautifully shaped.

Daily Telegraph

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Associate Director
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Associate Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9901
amcdonough@intermusica.co.uk

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Clarinet

Mark Simpson

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles