“Evident commitment and an impeccable technique”: Feng triumphs with the Hong Kong Philharmonic
Feng finished his tour of Asia and Australia with Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong Philharmonic on 5 May, performing Mozart Violin Concerto No.4 at the Sydney Opera House. The tour, which also visited Seoul, Hong Kong, Osaka, Singapore and Melbourne, was greeted with great acclaim:
“Ning Feng displayed a gorgeous light touch with faultless intonation and deft bowing married to a sweet tone. The melodic lines were all smooth and beautifully shaped … Cadenzas were all well worked with some superb double stopping and cross string bowing from Feng’s smooth right arm”
“A player of unquestionable technical ability, his beautiful tone and superb musicality made the concerto a high point of the evening … Ning played this with wonderful expressiveness”
“[Ning’s] bright, substantial tone stood out clear as a bell, while his sensible pacing made for a cleanly realised reading. He was at his finest in the singing Andante cantabile, his excellent legato smooth as butter and his sense of communion intense. Rich at the bottom, and with some charmingly executed suspensions at the top, this was fine Mozart”
“With evident commitment and an impeccable technique, [Ning Feng] was unfailingly sensitive to the many fine nuances of this work. His tone was mesmerizingly velvety, particularly in the lower registers of his instrument.”
The tour was Feng’s second with the orchestra and van Zweden, following their European tour in 2015 which saw Feng make his concerto debut in London.