Ning Feng has what it takes to stand out among the myriad of young violinists appearing on the world’s stages. From immaculate intonation and precise phrasing, to a luxuriously rich sound and impeccable musicianship, Ning Feng offers enthralling performances that are absolutely captivating.
“A terrific performance… The fascinating effect he created was not just brilliant technical execution; what stood out was the tonal beauty Ning Feng retained, even in the boisterous fireworks runs, the double stops, and the frequent extreme high register playing.” Nordsee-Zeitung
Violin sonata No.1 in D major, Op.12, no.1
Violin sonata in E minor, Op. 82
Suite Populaire Espagnole
Duo Concertant for violin and piano
Born in Chengdu, China, Ning Feng studied at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 2006 Ning Feng won first prize in the International Paganini Competition, following in the footsteps of violinists such as Kavakos, Kremer and Accardo. He was First Prize winner of the 2005 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, New Zealand, and has won prizes at the Hanover International, Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin International violin competitions.
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 the Hong Kong Philharmonic/Delfs, Galicia Symphony/Harth-Bedoya, Calgary Philharmonic/Minczuk and Orchestre National de Lyon/Foster. He made a last-minute and highly-acclaimed contribution to the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival in January 2012; later this year he returns to the Kissinger Sommer festival, Bad Kissingen, for chamber concerts and makes his debut at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in two recitals.
Looking ahead to future seasons, Ning Feng is welcomed back by the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Auckland Philharmonia orchestras, makes his debut with orchestras in Bilbao, Strasbourg, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Ljubljana and Moscow, at the Prague Spring and Tivoli festivals, and returns to Colmar and Gstaad festivals. Regarded increasingly as an artist of exceptional quality, he is being 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, and blown away in great sound to boot. This is a stunning recording of solo violin works by a variety of composers […] and 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. Milstein’s arrangement of the Paganiniana has never been bettered […] this is an unqualified recommendation of a wonderful album that demonstrates the highest artistic and programming skills possible.”
Ning Feng is based in Berlin and plays a Stefan-Peter Greiner violin (Bonn 2007).