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Biography

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

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.

Recent successes for Ning Feng have included debuts with the LA Philharmonic and Frankfurt Radio Symphony, a tour of China with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a major European tour with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and van Zweden which included performances in Berlin, London, Zurich and Vienna Musikverein, and returns to Berlin Konzerthausorchester and Singapore Symphony orchestras. 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, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schubertiade and La Jolla Music Society (California).

Highlights of Ning’s 2016/17 season include a return to Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer performing Dutilleux L’arbre des songes with concerts in Budapest and on tour in China, and a major tour with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and van Zweden, performing in Seoul, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney and Osaka, where he will perform Bartok Violin Concerto No.2 and Mozart Violin Concerto no.4. Elsewhere, he makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London playing Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1, he returns to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Macao Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for two concerts and a recording and in Eindhoven he performs a recital of solo Bach to mark the release of his new recording.

Ning Feng records for Channel Classics in the Netherlands and his debut concerto disc featured Bruch Scottish Fantasy and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Pizzicato magazine said, “He impresses not only with his technical skill but also with a warm, inspired and consistently full and lyric tone, able to express great emotion”, and Gramophone magazine wrote, “The fast, high passages sound wonderfully clear and pure, and the first movement [of the Tchaikovsky], in particular, abounds in balletic grace.” His latest disc, Apasionado, with Orchestra Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias and Rossen Milanov, features works by Sarasate, Lalo, Ravel and Bizet/Waxman and was released in March 2016.

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.