Venue: Concert Hall
Dates: February 16, 2019
Symphony No. 1, "Classical"
Violin Concerto No. 1
Violinist: NING Feng
Suíte Vila Rica (Excerpt)
Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Chief Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra since 2012, Marin Alsop was the first woman to be awarded the Koussevitzky Conducting Prize by the Tanglewood Music Centre, where she was a student of Leonard Bernstein. An alumni of Yale University, she has been the music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2007. In 2008, she launched OrchKids, a programme designed to promote musical education for under-privileged young people in the city. She regularly performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, amongst others. In 2003, she won the Conductor’s Award by the Royal Philharmonic Society, and was named Artist of the Year (Gramophone magazine). She was awarded a MacArthur Foundation scholarship and has twice conducted the “Last Night of The Proms” at the BBC’s music festival in London. CNN named her “one of the seven outstanding women in the world” in 2013. She is an honourary member of the Royal Philharmonic Society and, in 2015, she took over as director of the post-graduate programme in conducting at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In September 2019, Alsop becomes Chief Conductor of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
NING Feng Violinist
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.
Recent successes for NING Feng have included a return to Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer in Budapest and on tour to China performing Dutilleux L’arbre des songes, and on tour with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and van Zweden which included performances in Singapore, Seoul, Osaka, Sydney and Melbourne, following his critically-acclaimed European tour with the orchestra in 2015, as well as successful debuts with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 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, Moritzburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schubertiade and La Jolla Music Society (California).
Highlights of NING’s 2017/18 season include debuts with City of Birmingham Symphony with Gražinytė-Tyla playing Bruch Scottish Fantasy and Brahms Violin Concerto, with Royal Scottish National Orchestra performing Korngold, with BBC Scottish Symphony performing Bernstein’s Serenade with John Wilson and with New Jersey Symphony/Slobodeniouk. NING also returns to Bilbao Symphony Orchestra with Giancarlo Guerrero, China Philharmonic with Michael Stern, and Guangzhou Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, both under the baton of YU Long. Chamber music highlights include returns to Wigmore Hall and Schubertiade to perform the Schubert Piano Trios with Igor Levit and Daniel Müller-Schott, and two all-Schubert programmes with Nicholas Angelich and Edgar Moreau in Lucerne, as well as his debut at Moritzburg Festival and a performance at Premiere Performances Hong Kong’s 10th anniversary gala concert.
NING Feng records for Channel Classics in the Netherlands and 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. Two further discs are due for release in the 2017/18 season: Bach’s complete solo works for violin, and the Elgar and Finzi Violin Concertos with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto.
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.
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.
The São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Since its first concert in 1954, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra—Osesp—has undergone major developments, to become an institution that is recognised today for its excellence. Having released over 80 CDs, Osesp has become an integral part of the culture of São Paulo and Brazil as a whole, fostering deep-rooted cultural and social transformations. In 2012, Marin Alsop took over as Chief Conductor. That same year, following concerts at the BBC Proms in London and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Osesp was described by foreign music critics as one of the leading orchestras on the international circuit. In 2013 Marin Alsop was appointed as Osesp’s Music Director and the orchestra took part in its fourth European tour, performing for the first time—and to great acclaim—at the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Berliner Philharmonie, home of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Festival Hall in London. In 2014, celebrating its 60th anniversary, Osesp performed the Latin American première of the co-commissioned Concerto for Saxophone by John Adams, and more recently (2016) performed at the leading European Summer Festivals (Edinburgh, BBC Proms and Lucerne).