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Ning Feng (Violin)

Born: March 26, 1981 - Chengdu, China

The Chinese violinist, 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 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, he has developed a reputation internationally as an artist of great lyricism and emotional transparency, displaying tremendous bravura and awe-inspiring technical accomplishment.

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, and on tour with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and van Zweden which included performances in Singapore, Seoul, Osaka, Sydney and Melbourne, following his critically-acclaimed European tour with the orchestra in 2015, as well as successful debuts with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In recital and chamber music he performs regularly with Igor Levit, amongst others, in 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 Febg's 2017-2018 season include debuts with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Gražinytė-Tyla playing Bruch's Scottish Fantasy and Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto, with Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing Korngold, with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra performing Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade with John Wilson and with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra/Slobodeniouk. Ning also returns to Bilbao Symphony Orchestra with Giancarlo Guerrero, China Philharmonic with Isaac Stern, and Guangzhou Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, both under the baton of Long Yu. Chamber music highlights include returns to Wigmore Hall and Schubertiade to perform the Schubert Piano Trios with Igor Levit and Daniel Müller-Schott, and two all-Schubert programmes with Nicholas Angelich and Edgar Moreau in Lucerne, as well as his debut at Moritzburg Festival and a performance at Premiere Performances Hong Kong’s 10th anniversary gala concert.

Ning Feng records for Channel Classics in the Netherlands and his latest disc, "Apasionado", with Orchestra Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias and Rossen Milanov, features works by Sarasate, Lalo, Ravel and Georges Bizet/Waxman and was released in March 2016. Two further discs are due for release in the 2017-2018 season: J.S. Bach's complete solo works for violin, and the Edward Elgar and Finzi Violin Concertos with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto.

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. He married Ying Guo on June 16, 2009.

Source: Ning Feng Website (2017-2018 season) & Facebook profiule; Photos 01-07: Felix Broede; Photos 08-11: Lawrence Tsang
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2017)

Ning Feng: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

Links to other Sites

Ning Feng (Official Website) [English/German/Chinese]
Ning Feng on Facebook
Ning Feng (Channel Classics)
Ning Feng (Intermusica)

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