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Concert "Vladimir Spivakov Invites..." FESTIVAL "VIVA PAGANINI!" - National Philharmonic of Russia, Feng Ning (violin), Yuki Manuela Janke (violin)
Moscow International Musical Arts Center. Grand Hall

Schedule for "Vladimir Spivakov Invites..." FESTIVAL "VIVA PAGANINI!" - National Philharmonic of Russia, Feng Ning (violin), Yuki Manuela Janke (violin) 2020

Orchestra: The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia
Violin soloist: Feng Ning
Violin soloist: Yuki Manuela Janke

Violinist NING Feng is the winner of dozens of prestigious prizes including most recently the famous Paganini Violin Competion in Italy (2006) and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand (2005).

After a master class with Lord Menhuin, he was immediately invited to play in Germany at one of the last concerts organised by the great maestro. He received the only perfect final exam score (100%) in the 200-year history of the Royal Academy of Music, London, and was made an associate of the Academy upon graduation.

Since winning the Paganini, he is in heavy demand the world over, including invitations to perform in Boston, New York, Tokyo, Rome, Berlin, and Beijing and from the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre and its president Vladimir Spivakov. An extensive 10-orchestra tour of Asia, Australia and New Zealand is underway 2008.

Since winning the famous Paganini Violin Competion in September 2006, offers have been flooding in from all over the globe for performances with this young virtuoso. In 2007 alone he appeared by invitation in Boston, New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Rome, Moscow and Berlin, as well as other cities in Germany, Netherlands, Italy, France, China, Canada and New Zealand. An extensive Asia-Australia-New-Zealand-orchestral tour planned for 2008, with multiple debuts throughout those areas as well as in the US and Germany, makes him one of the fastest-rising violin stars in the world today.

Feng Ning was born in Chengdu, China, where he started the violin at age four. He studied at the Sichuan Music Conservatory with Prof. Weimin Hu, participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Dartington International Summer School in England, and in 1997 was one of the seven young violinists selected from the whole of the P.R. China to attend the Morningside Music Bridge workshop in Calgary, Canada. The same year he won the overall Grand Prize (for candidates in four different sections including Violin, Piano, Flute and Oboe) and the First Prize for violin in the 5th International Art Competition for High School Students in Takasaki Japan, resulting in a tour to Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, and a recording contract with JVC Victor Records.

In 1998, Ning was invited as a full scholarship student to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Prof. Hu Kun. There he participated in a master class with the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin, who invited him to perform in Germany at one of the last concerts he organized. Afterwards, the Maestro wrote: "I was most impressed with his performance …. and feel that he has real talent and musicianship to go very far." During his study in the Royal Academy of Music, he was the recipient of multiple prizes and awards, including the "Roth Prize" for violin, the "Wilfrid Parry Prize" for violin & piano duo, and was several times the recipient of prizes from the Hattori Foundation in London.

In June 2003, Feng Ning became the first student ever to be given a perfect score (100%) for his final recital (end of study exam) in the nearly 200 years of Royal Academy of Music history, and was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an honour reserved for only those graduates who have achieved distinction in their profession.

While still a student in London, Ning racked up more prizes and competition wins. In 1998 he won the "Association Damson Francois-Scarbo" Prize in the International Jacques Thibaud Violin Competition in Paris, and one week later won the Royal Philharmonic Society, "Emily Anderson Prize" in London. In 2001, he was awarded the "The Friends of the Royal Academy of Music - Wigmore Award" and gave his debut recital at the prestigious Wigmore Hall on the 4th of June, 2001. One month later he won the First Prize in the London Oratory International Violin Competition.

In 2002, Ning was awarded the "Emily English Scholarship" from the Musicians Benevolent Found in London, and won the special prize for "The Best Performance of The Modern Piece" at the International Tchaikovsky Music Competition in Moscow. In 2003 he won the 1st prize in the XIII Violinwettbewerb der Ibolyka Gyarfas Stiftung, and two years later won 1st Prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand.

In September 2006, Feng Ning crowned his professional career to date by winning 1st prize as well as two other special prizes at the prestigious 51st Paganini International Violin Competition in Genova, Italy. As a result of this competition, he was invited to perform on Paganini's own violin - The 1743 Guarneri del Gesщ 'Cannone' an honour which was repeated with a re-invitation to perform the Opening Concert of the Festival Paganiniana in September 2007 in Genova.

In 2005, Feng Ning's first solo CD - which has now sold out - was released in China, and he has also made recordings for JVC Records and Triton Records in Japan, Cypres Records in Belgium. His newest CD, “Mr Paganini” was released on Channel Classics in the Netherlands in 2007. Feng Ning has performed recitals and concerts in China, Canada, UK, Belgium, France, Italy, Japan, USA, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia, and has performed with the Chinese National Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Malaysian Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Belgium National Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonia Vienna, the NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, the I Musici de Montreal, the Auckland Philharmonia, Vector Wellington Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony, among many others.

Feng Ning is based in Berlin, where he has just completed his studies with Antje Weithaas at the Hochschule fьr Musik "Hanns Eisler". He plays a Peter Stefan Greiner violin (Bonn 2007).

Yuki Manuela Janke was born on September 1986 as the forth child in Munich . Her german father and her japanese mother are both pianists. She got her first violin and piano instruction at the age of three.

Since 1991, she was regular 1 st prizewinner at "Jugend musiziert" (German national competition for youth). She won numerous 1 st prizes and special prizes at international competitions, among other things at the German Federal Competition "Jugend musiziert", at the Int. Andrea - Postacchini Competition for Violin in Fermo/Italy (with the award "vincitrice assoluta"), at the Int. Louis - Spohr Competition for Violin in Weimar/Germany, at the Int. Henri - Marteau Competition for Violin in Lichtenberg/Germany and at the Int. Johannes - Brahms - Competition in Pörtschach/Austria.

In September 2004, she won the 2 nd prize (the 1 st prize wasn't awarded) and three special prizes, Premio Ruminelli (for the highest classificate), Premio de Barbieri (for the best interpretation of the Paganini Caprice) and Premio Associazione Amici Nuovo Carlo Felice (for the best interpretation of the contemporary piece) at the Int. Niccolo- Paganini Competition in Genova/Italy.

Moreover, she was prizewinner among other things at the Int. Competition for Violin of the "Culture foundation Hohenlohe" in Kloster Schöntal, at the Competition for the "Music Prize for Youth 1999 of the EMCY" in Duo piano/violin in Weimar/Germany together with her sister Ayumi Janke (piano), at the Int. Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud - Competition in Paris/France, at the Int. Competition for Violin in Cologne/Germany, at the Int. Leopold-Mozart Competition in Augsburg/Germany and at the Sendai Int. Music Competition in Japan.

As soloist, she regularly plays with orchestra, for example with the Berliner Rundfunk Symphonieorchester (conductor: G. Feltz) Academy of St. Martin in the fields; Staatskapelle Weimar (conductor: G.A. Albrecht), European Festival Orchestra, (conductor: W. Keitel), WDR Rundfunkorchester Koeln (conductor: H. Froschauer and M. Jurowski), Robert - Schumann - Philharmonie Chemnitz (conductor: F. Bollon), Philharmonic Orchestra Würzburg (conductor: D. Klajner), Philharmonic Orchestra Theatre Altenburg-Gera (conductor: T. Wicklein), Neubrandenburger Philharmonie (conductor: S. Malzew), Hofer Symphoniker (conductor: B. Rucha), Sendai Philharmonie Orchestra (conductor: T. Umeda), Osaka Century Orchestra (conductor: Y. Toyama), the National Honoured Academical Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (conductor: M. Dyadyura), Buenos Aires Philharmony Orchestra (conductor: A. Paris), Orchestra di Roma e del Lazio (conductor: L. Jia), Orchestra della Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice (conductor: J. Kovatchev and D. Jurowski), Orchestra della Fondazione Arturo Toscanini (conductor: A.S. Weiser), Kronstadt Philharmoniker (conductor: F. Carrasco), Mexico Instrumental Festival Orchestra (conductor: T. Golka), Orquesta Sinfónica Puebla Instrumenta Verano and Lituanian Chamber Orchestra Vilnius (conductor: G. Mais).

Yuki Manuela Janke gave a lot of recitals and concerts in important halls of all over the world e.g. Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthalle Hamburg, Philharmony Koeln, Theatre du Chatlet (Paris), Zuerich Tonhalle, Theatro Colon (Buenos Aires) and Palacio de bellas Artes (Mexico City). In addition she had concerts in many cities, in Germany for example in Munich, Augsburg, Kiel, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Essen, Regensburg, Pruem, Kyllburg, Wuerzburg, Kaufbeuren, Weimar, Aschaffenburg, Lollar, Leer, Samow, Bad Elster, Sylt; in Rom, Genua (with the violin of Paganini "Cannone"), Alessandria, Varese, Napoli, Carro, Fabriano, Macerata, Bergamo, Padova, Taranto, Fermo (Italy); in Davos, Bern, Zuerich (Switzerland); in Salzburg, Wien, Telfs (Austria); in Praha/Czech Republic; in Bilbao/Spain, in Mexco-City, in Puebla/Mexico, in Buenos Aires/Argentina and in Japan in Tokyo, Osaka and Sendai.

She has been invited for many music festivals e.g. the Music Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Music Festival Schleswig-Holstein, Lago Maggiore, Amici della Musica (Italy), Music Festival "Instrumenta" in Mexico and Bach Festival in Bern (Switzerland).

With her sister and her two brothers she also often plays chamber music (piano trio and quartet) in concerts.

Now she is studying at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg in the class of Prof. Igor Ozim.

She is a student on scholarship by the "Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben" the "Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes" and the "Degussa Stiftung".

Schedule for "Vladimir Spivakov Invites..." FESTIVAL "VIVA PAGANINI!" - National Philharmonic of Russia, Feng Ning (violin), Yuki Manuela Janke (violin) 2020

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