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.”
Ning Feng has toured Europe, Asia and Australia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and van Zweden, he has toured China with the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer, with whom he has also performed several times in Budapest, with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchester and 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 Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, 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; he appears regularly with all the major orchestras, and in 20/21 is Artist-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. At the beginning of the 20/21 season Ning Feng embarked on a tour of China, performing Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas in 14 different cities. During this period, he also performed Beethoven Violin Concerto with Shanghai Symphony Orchesta, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and China Philharmonic Orchestra.
In chamber music Ning Feng works regularly with Igor Levit and together they have performed 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, 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’, by kind arrangement with Premiere Performances of Hong Kong, and plays on strings by Thomastik-Infeld, Vienna.
Carlos Miguel Prieto
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
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
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
Mozart: Violin Sonata No.18 in G major, K.301
Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.75
Korngold: Much Ado About Nothing, Op.11 (Viel Lärmen um Nichts): Suite
Glazunov: Meditation in D major, Op.32
Paganini: Di Tanti Palpiti
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
Violin Concerto, Op.14
Violin Concerto No.2, BB.117
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.61
Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C major, Op.56
Serenade (After Plato's 'Symposium')
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Double Concerto in A minor, Op.102
Violin Concerto, Op.15
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
L'arbre des songes
Violin Concerto in B minor
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53
Violin Concerto in B minor, Op.61
Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.82
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.28
Violin Concerto in C major, Op.48
Violin Concerto in D minor
Symphonie espagnole in D minor, Op.21
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64
Concerto for Violin, Piano and Orchestra
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
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, Op.33
Violin Concerto No.1 in E-flat major, Op.6
Violin Concerto No.4 in D minor
The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
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’
Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61
Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO.23
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.77
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.8
Violin Concerto in D major
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35
Violin Concerto No.5 in A minor, Op.37
The Four Seasons
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.
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.
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.