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Ning Feng

Violin

  • Ning Feng is recognised internationally as an artist of great lyricism, innate musicality and stunning virtuosity. Blessed with an impeccable technique and a silken tone, his palette of colours ranges from intimate delicacy to a ferocious intensity. The Berlin-based Chinese violinist performs across the globe with major orchestras and conductors, in recital and chamber concerts.

  • In 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. Inzwischen in Berlin zu Hause, spielt er Konzerte rund um den Globus und ist weltweit für seinen warmen, lyrischen Ton ebenso bekannt wie für seine Virtuosität und seine atemberaubende Technik.

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  • Recent successes for Ning Feng have included a return to Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer in Budapest and on tour to China performing Dutilleux L'arbre des songes, tours with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and van Zweden to Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as successful debuts with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In recital and chamber music he performs regularly with Igor Levit, amongst others, at many of the major festivals in Germany and elsewhere, including Kissinger Sommer, Heidelberg, Moritzburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schubertiade and La Jolla Music Society (California).


    Highlights of Ning Feng’s 2018/19 season include debuts with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Simone Young, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop in Brazil and on tour to the Far East, the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Giancarlo Guerrero, the Hallé Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. He will return to the Konzerthausorchester Berlin to perform the Brahms Violin Concerto with Lawrence Foster in Berlin and on tour to China. Furthermore, he will return to Australia to perform with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Karina Canellakis and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra with Fabien Gabel. In his native China he will return to the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yu Long and is artist-in-residence with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music highlights include Ning Feng’s debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in an all-Schubert programme with Nicholas Angelich and Edgar Moreau, his return to the Wigmore Hall and a recital in Eindhoven with the Dragon Quartet which he founded in 2012. In April 2019, he will return to the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival to perform chamber music concerts with the Spring Festival’s Artistic Director Daniel Müller-Schott and others.


    Ning Feng records for Channel Classics in the Netherlands and his latest disc, Bach’s complete solo works for violin, the first recording of this by a Chinese violinist, has already been hailed by Gramophone as “unlike anyone else's... it's the illusion of a freewheeling conversation projected from within that held me captive”. His recording of the Elgar and Finzi Violin Concertos with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto will be released in autumn 2018. Previous discs include Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, ‘Apasionado’ with the Orchestra Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias featuring works by Sarasate, Lalo, Ravel and Bizet/Waxman, a recording of Schubert and Dvořák Quartets with his Dragon Quartet and two CDs of violin solo repertoire.


    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.


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

    2018/19 season / 593 words. Not to be altered without permission.
  • Zu den Höhepunkten vergangener Spielzeiten gehören Konzerte mit dem Budapest Festival Orchestra und Iván Fischer, in denen Ning Dutilleux’s L'arbre des songes sowohl in Budapest als auch auf China-Tournee spielte. Auf eine höchst erfolgreiche Europa-Tournee mit dem Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra und van Zweden im Jahr 2015, schloss sich nun eine Tournee nach Singapur, Seoul, Osaka, Sydney und Melbourne an. Darüber hinaus gab Ning sein Debüt mit Orchestern wie dem Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchster und dem Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Kammermusikalisch musiziert Ning regelmäβig mit u.a. Igor Levit in Festivalen wie dem Kissinger Sommer, Heidelberger Frühling, Moritzburg Festival , Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schubertiade und La Jolla Music Society (Kalifornien).


    In der Spielzeit 2017/18 wird Ning Feng sein Debüt mit dem City of Birmingham Symphony unter Gražinytė-Tyla geben und Bruchs Schottische Fantasy sowie das Violinkonzert von Brahms spielen. Auch mit dem Royal Scottish National Orchestra wird er erstmalig auftreten und das Korngold Violinkonzert aufführen, mit dem BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra unter John Wilson Bernstein’s Serenade spielen und mit dem New Jersey Symphony Orchestra unter Slobodeniouk debüttieren. Er wird zum Bilbao Symphony Orchestra unter Guerrero zurückkehren sowie zum China Philharmonic Orchestra mit Michael Stern, und unter Yu Long zum Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra und dem Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Kammermusikalische Höhepunkte sind die Rückkehr zur Wigmore Hall London und der Schubertiade, bei der er zusammen mit Igor Levit und Daniel Müller-Schott Klaviertrios von Schubert spielen wird. Mit Nicholas Angelich und Edgar Moreau wird er in Luzern zwei reine Schubert Programme zur Aufführung bringen, beim Moritzburg Festival sein Debüt geben und in einem Galakonzert anläβlich des 10. Jubiläums von Premiere Performances Hong Kong auftreten.


    Im März 2016 erschien bei seinem holländischen Label Channel Classics Ning Fengs neueste Einspielung, Apasionado, in der er Werke von Sarasate, Lalo, Ravel und Bizet/Waxman mit dem Orchestra Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias unter Rossen Milanov spielt. Zwei weitere Aufnahmen werden in der Spielzeit 2017/18 erscheinen: Bachs gesamten Werke für Violine Solo und die Violinkonzerte von Elgar und Finzi mit dem Royal Liverpool Philharmonic unter Carlos Miguel Prieto.


    In Chengdu, China, geboren, studierte Ning Feng zunächst am Sichuan Konservatorium für Musik, dann 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”.


    Ning Feng spielt die als “MacMillen” bekannte Stradivari Violine aus dem Jahr 1721, eine von Premiere Performances of Hong Kong arrangierte private Leihgabe. Er spielt auf Saiten von Thomastik-Infeld, Wien.

    Spielzeit 2017/18 / 516 Wörter. Keine Änderungen ohne vorherige Genehmigung.

Performances

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Conductors

Marin Alsop (March 19)
Giordano Bellincampi
Karina Canellakis (Nov 18)
Joana Carneiro
Andreas Delfs
Iván Fischer
Lawrence Foster
Fabien Gabel (Nov 18)
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
Vasily Petrenko
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Alexander Shelley
Leonard Slatkin
Vladimir Spivakov
Joshua Weilerstein
Muhai Tang
Kazuki Yamada
Simone Young (Jan 19)
Xian Zhang
Jaap Van Zweden

Sample recital programmes

Mozart: Violin Sonata No.27 in G major, K.379
Shostakovich: Violin Sonata, Op.134
Franck: Violin Sonata in A major

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Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.9 in A major, Op.47 'Kreutzer'
Schnittke: Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano
Brahms: Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108

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Mozart: Violin Sonata No.18 in G major, K.301
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.8 in G major, Op.30, No.3
Schubert: Violin Sonata in D major, D.384, No.1
Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.1 in D major, Op.12, No.1

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Mozart: Violin Sonata No.18 in G major, K.301
Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.75
Pärt: Fratres
Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing, Op.11 (Viel Lärmen um Nichts): Suite
Glazunov: Meditation in D major, Op.32
Paganini: Di Tanti Palpiti

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


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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Nicola Friemel
Artist Manager
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nfriemel@intermusica.co.uk

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Assistant Artist Manager
+44 (0)20 7608 9948
rpearson@intermusica.co.uk

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Clarinet

Mark Simpson

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles