2014 Universal Chinese Young Artists Series：Ning Feng and Li-Wei Qin Violin and Cello Duo Concert
Date& Time： 19:30 September 26th
Venue： SCAC Grand Theatre
Notice to audience：
Duration: approximately 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission
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.
On the concert stage, Feng has performed in recent seasons with orchestras such as the Budapest Festival Orchestra (conducted by Iván Fischer), Russian State Symphony (conducted by Vladimir Jurowski), OrchestrePhilharmonique de Strasbourg 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.
In autumn 2013 Feng made his debut with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra with Iván Fischer performing Bernstein’s Serenade in a series dedicated to the music of Bernstein; he returned to the Hong Kong Philharmonic for performances in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and toured China and the Far East with the Kaoshing Symphony and NCPA orchestras. In 2014 he will make his debut with the OrquestaSinfónica del Principado de Asturias with the Portuguese conductor Joanna Carneiro, and he looks forward to chamber concerts with Igor Levit across Germany, including at the Heidelberg, Ludwigsburg and Mecklenburg Vorpommern festivals. He will also return to the Kissinger Sommer Festival as an Artist-in-Residence in 2014, where he will perform in recital, chamber music and as concerto soloist.
Alongside his performing career, Feng holds teaching positions at the MusikhochschuleLübeck and HochschulefürMusik Hans Eisler Berlin.
Li-Wei Qin, Cello
Cellist Li-Wei Qin has appeared all over the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician. “Li-Wei drew the audience in with his artistry, his brilliant virtuosity and his very refined musicality and sincerity of interpretation” was the description of the cellist following his performance at the 11th Tchaikovsky International Competition where he was awarded the Silver Medal. He has since won the First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Naumburg Competition in New York.
Li-Wei has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Janowski, NDR-Sinfonierorchester Hamburg and Hr?ša, Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Tabachnik, London Philharmonic and Briger, BBC Symphony and Van Steen, BBC Philharmonic and Totelier, BBC Scottish Symphony and Brabbins, Osaka Philharmonic and Belohlavek, China Philharmonic and Yu, Sydney Symphony and Tan Dun, Melbourne Symphony and the late Viotti, and SinfoniaVarsovia and the late Lord Menuhin. Future engagements include his Los Angeles Philharmonic début with Dutoit.
In recital and chamber music, Li-Wei is a regular guest at the Wigmore Hall and for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. He has appeared at the BBC Proms, the Rheinghau, the City of London, the Schlewigs-Holstein and the Mecklenburg Festivals. Li-Wei has collaborated with musicians such as Daniel Hope, Nabuko Imai, MishaMaisky, David Finckel, Wu Han, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Peter Frankel, among many others.
As an exclusive Universal Music China artist, Li-Wei’s recordings on Decca include the complete Beethoven Sonatas, Works of Rachmaninov with pianist Albert Tiu, and Dvo?àk Concerto with Singapore Symphony Orchestra and conductor LanShui.
Prior to teaching at the YST Conservatory, Li-Wei was a professor of cello at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is also a guest professor at Shanghai and Central Conservatory of Music in China. Li-Wei plays a 1780 Joseph Guadagnini cello, generously loaned by Dr and Mrs Wilson Goh.
Glière: Eight Pieces for Violin & Cello, Op. 39
Sollima: Alone (cello solo)
Milstein: Paganiniana (violin solo)
Kodály: Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia for violin and cello
Ning Feng, violin
Li-Wei Qin, cello