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Ning Feng

Artist-in-Residence, NCPA Beijing

  • 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. The Washington Post has described him as "a wonderful player with a creamy, easy tone and an emotional honesty” and Gramophone magazine said of his recent Brahms Sonatas recording that his “tone is simply ravishing, even when it soars into the stratosphere…”

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  • Ning Feng has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony and Minnesota Orchestras in the US and will make his debut with the Seattle Symphony in 23/24.  In Europe he performs regularly with the very top orchestras, including Bavarian Radio Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Vienna Radio, Helsinki Philharmonic and Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra with whom he is reunited this season, when he also returns to the Tenerife Symphony and makes his debut with the Trondheim Symphony.  He performs regularly with the UK orchestras including London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and elsewhere returned recently to the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony and KBS Symphony in Seoul. He has also performed many times with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, with whom he has toured Asia, Europe and Australia with van Zweden.

    In China, Ning is held in the highest regard, appearing with all the major Chinese orchestras, in recital and regularly with visiting international orchestras such as the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer, with whom he has performed several times in Budapest, the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchester and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  In 20/21 he was Artist-in-Residence with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and in 23/24 he will be Artist-in-Residence at the NCPA Beijing when he will perform Mozart’s 5 Violin Concerti as well as the complete solo Sonatas and Partitas of Bach.  This season he also performs the 3 Brahms Sonatas with Zee Zee across China.

    Ning performs regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall, appearing three times in 23/24: in a solo recital, a duo with Zee Zee and a new collaboration with Nelson Goerner.  He has performed many times at Kissinger Sommer Festival, where he returned in 2023, and at other festivals including Schubertiade, Schleswig-Holstein, Heidelberg, Ludwigsburg and has collaborated with artists such as Edgar Moreau, Daniel Müller-Schott, Nicholas Angelich and Igor Levit.

    Ning Feng records for Channel Classics.  His 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". His discography also includes concerti by Elgar and Tchaikovsky,  works for violin and orchestra by Bruch, Sarasate, Lalo, Ravel and others, the 24 Paganini Caprices and the complete Brahms Sonatas with Zee Zee.

    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.  He was First Prize winner of both the 2005 Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand) and 2006 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.  He lives in Berlin and is a Violin Professor at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule, and also holds the position of International Chair of Violin at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and Artistic Director at the Chamber Music Academy of the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music.

    2023/24 season / 587 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Marin Alsop 
Giordano Bellincampi
Karina Canellakis
Joana Carneiro
Tung-Chieh Chuang
Andreas Delfs
Kevin John Edusei
Iván Fischer
Lawrence Foster
Fabien Gabel 
James Gaffigan
Daniele Gatti
Mirga Grazinyta-Tyla
Giancarlo Guerrero
Miguel Harth-Bedoya
Emilia Hoving
Eliahu Inbal
Vladimir Jurowski
Kirill Karabits
Kuokman Lio
Lan Shui
Marko Letonja
Lü Jia
Yu Long
Rossen Milanov
Roberto Minczuk
David Niemann
Gianandrea Noseda
Vasily Petrenko
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Alexander Shelley
Leonard Slatkin
Dmitri Slobodeniouk
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

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

Violin Concerto 

Serenade (After Plato's 'Symposium') 
West Side Story: Suite for Violin and Orchestra (arr. W. Brohn)

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

Hartman, K.A.
Concerto funèbre

Violin Concerto in C major, Op.48

Violin Concerto in D minor

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

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

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 No. 8 in A minor, Op. 47

Strauss, R.
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

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

Zhao Jiping
Violin Concerto No. 1

Livestreams & Broadcasts

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra | February 2024

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Click to watch on BSO Live

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.

The Times

"Technically, Feng’s playing is beyond reproach. His tone is simply ravishing, even when it soars into the stratosphere..."


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