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Feng, Ning

Born in Chengdu, China, Ning Feng studied at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Winner of the first prize in the 2006 International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini”, he has also won prizes at the Hannover International Violin Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition, the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, and also first prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Having performed regularly in China at the highest level, Ning Feng is now developing a reputation internationally as an artist of great lyricism and emotional transparency, displaying tremendous bravura and awe-inspiring technical accomplishment. Highlights of Ning Feng’s 2011/12 season include concerts with Galicia Symphony/Harth-Bedoya, Calgary Philharmonic/Minczuk and Orchestre National de Lyon/Foster.

Looking ahead to future seasons, Ning Feng is welcomed back by the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Auckland Philharmonia orchestras, makes his début with orchestras in Bilbao, Strasbourg, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Ljubljana and Moscow, and at the Prague Spring festival. He has been paired with conductors of great esteem such as Vladimir Jurowski, Jaap van Zweden, Sir Mark Elder and, most notably, toured China in 2010 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the baton of Iván Fischer.

Ning Feng records for Channel Classics in the Netherlands. His most recent recording, Solo, featuring works by Paganini, Kreisler, Berio, Schnittke and others, received a first-class review by Audiophile Audition: “You will be blown away by the artistry of this album… there are really few violinists who are able to pull it off. Ning Feng is one of those who can, not only for his sterling playing but also because of the rabid intelligence behind the selection of pieces here. None of these works is anything less than enthralling, and a few approach the incandescent.”

Ning Feng is based in Berlin and plays a Stefan-Peter Greiner violin (Bonn 2007).

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