Prize-winning violinist Ning Feng’s technical brilliance and poetic, expressive interpretations of the great masterworks of the violin repertoire have made him one of the most exciting of the younger generation of top-level players. Feng was born in China, studied in London and now lives in Berlin, a base for his career performing concertos and recitals all around the world. He plays a 1721 Stradivari violin, known as the “MacMillan”, on private loan, kindly arranged by Premiere Performances of Hong Kong.
A 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. He previously studied at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music and London’s Royal Academy of Music where he was the first student ever to be awarded 100% for his final recital.
Ning Feng records for Channel Classics in the Netherlands. His latest recording is of the Bruch Scottish Fantasy and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, released in February 2014. Previously for the label, he recorded two albums of entirely solo works: the solo sonatas by Bartók, Prokofiev and Hindemith were released as Solo 2 in August 2013 and the first Solo album featured pieces by Paganini, Kreisler, Berio, Schnittke and others. “You will be blown away by the artistry of this album, and blown away in great sound to boot,” commented Audiophile Audition about that album.
On the concert stage, Feng has performed in recent seasons with orchestras such as the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra (conducted by Iván Fischer), Russian State Symphony (conducted by Vladimir Jurowski), Orchestre National de Lyon and in halls such as Sydney Opera House, Moscow’s Great Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Konzerthaus, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre and Beijing’s NCPA. In recital he has played in prestigious series and festivals such as the Vancouver Recital Series and Hong Kong International Chamber, Prague Spring and Schleswig-Holstein festivals. With Igor Levit he has performed across Germany, including at the Ludwigsburg and Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festivals, and also at the Kissinger Sommer Festival where he plays every year and where he was an Artist-in-Residence in 2014.
Highlights of Ning’s 2014/15 season include debuts with the LA Philharmonic, Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Liszt and Berlin Konzerthaus Chamber orchestras, returns to the Auckland Philharmonia, Orchestra Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias, Macao Symphony and recitals and chamber performances in Seoul, Hong Kong and Brussels. He will also be soloist on two major tours, performing the Glazunov Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Petrenko in Dublin and across China, and later in the season the Beethoven Concerto with the Hong Kong Philharmonic/Van Zweden across some of the major centres of Europe, including London, Zurich, Berlin and Vienna.
Alongside his performing career, Feng holds teaching positions at the Musikhochschule Lübeck and Hochschule für Musik Hans Eisler Berlin.
This performance marks Ning Feng’s La Jolla Music Society debut.
Classical pianist Dr. Jeeyoon Kim delights audiences with her sensitive artistry, colorful musical expression and insightful commentary from the stage. In her recent performance, Chiesa Nuova, a performing arts foundation in Chicago, describes her artistry as “impeccable, brilliant and heart-rending.” A native of South Korea, Jeeyoon has made her way across the globe with performances at venues including FortePiano Salon Live Series, live broadcasting on classical music channel in Chicago, WFMT, 98.7, Nichols Hall in Evanston, Graves Recital Hall in Columbus, Ohio, Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, Wheeler Concert Hall at the University of Evansville, GloVil Art Hall in Korea, Judson Park Auditorium in Cleveland, and at the Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Austria. Other recent performances include “Arts in August” concert series in Evansville, Indiana, Stradivari Society in Chicago, the Chamber Music Series at the Glema Mahr Fine Arts Center in Madisonville, Kentucky, Parisian Salon Concert Series in Chicago and San Diego Symphony Chamber Music Series, collaborating soloists such as a violinist, Philippe Quint, and a cellist, Johannes Moser. Last season, she performed Schumann A minor piano concerto with the conductor, Susan Kitterman, at the historical music hall of Indianapolis, the Hilbert Circle Theater.
Kim received the first prize in the Korean Music Teachers’ Association Competition at age 18. She made her debut as a concert artist the same year, performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Camerata Orchestra in Busan, Korea. She was awarded a full scholarship to study at Busan National University, where she graduated in 2002 with top honors. Afterwards, Dr. Kim came to the United States for further musical studies, receiving a Master of Music degree in 2005 and a Doctor of Music in piano performance in 2009, both from Indiana University with a full scholarship and a graduation with distinction. Also after her doctorate degree, she received a Master of Music in piano pedagogy from Butler University with a full scholarship. She studied with masters of Andrzej Jasinski, Cluade Frank, Menheim Pressler, Reiko Neriki and Shigeo Neriki through master classes, chamber music coaching, and her music study at Indiana University.
As a recording artist, she released her debut CD in 2007, an album of works by Mozart, Debussy, and Liszt. Now she is in the process of producing the second album with a projected title as “10 More Minutes”, a collection of her encores. An accomplished piano pedagogue, she is in frequent demand as a master class clinician and a judicator. The most recent workshops include at the IMTA conference at Indiana University in Bloomington in 2011, Butler University in 2013, and national MTNA conference in New York City in 2012, and Wisconsin in 2011. Kim maintains an active national and International performing schedule both as a soloist and a chamber musician.
This performance marks Jeeyoon Kim’s La Jolla Music Society debut.