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The Chinese violinist Ning Feng is recognised internationally as an artist of great lyricism, innate musicality and stunning virtuosity. It has been a wish of the orchestra for some time to work with him. Feng plays a Stradivari violin from 1721 and performs all over the world. With Amsterdam Sinfonietta, he plays the solo in Il Vitalino Radoppiato by Hans Werner Henze. It is the modernistic Henze as you’ve never heard him before, in a virtuosic Baroque style. Henze wrote an exciting arrangement for violin and string orchestra of the well-known Chaconne by Tomaso Vitali, a contemporary of Bach, which is played by all the great violinists: Jascha Heifetz played it at his debut in Carnegie Hall, David Oistrach put it on the programme of his final exam. After the intermission, the most famous set of variations by Bach is played, in an arrangement for full string orchestra by violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky.
Blessed with an impeccable technique and a silken tone, Ning Fengs palette of colours ranges from intimate delicacy to a ferocious intensity. He has won multiple prizes in international competitions, and has won First Prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition. The now Berlin-based Chinese violinist performs across the globe with major orchestras and conductors, in recital and chamber concerts. 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. He plays a 1721 Stradivari violin, known as the ‘MacMillan’, on private loan by the Premiere Performances of Hong Kong Foundation.