Janine Jansen - Biography

Violinist Janine Jansen works regularly with the world’s most eminent orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and the New York Philharmonic, amongst others. Her conductor collaborations include such distinguished names as Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Gustavo Dudamel, Mariss Jansons, Sir Antonio Pappano and Bernard Haitink.

The 2013/14 season sees Janine embark on a number of international tours, beginning with a performance of Britten’s Violin Concerto at the BBC Proms with Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi. She is also the soloist on tour with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen in Europe, and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Lorin Maazel in Japan. In celebration of the release of her new J. S. Bach album, Janine and Friends embark on two extensive European tours this season, with concerts in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, London, Amsterdam and Paris.

Following acclaimed performances in past seasons, Janine makes returns to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhaus­orchester Leipzig, New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, as well as the Royal Stockholm, Oslo and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras. She will also perform with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Bernard Haitink.

A devoted chamber musician, Janine performs on two duo recital tours with pianist Itamar Golan in Spain and Italy, and is joined by cellist Torleif Thedéen for a number of trio recitals during the 2013/14 season. Janine established and curates the annual International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, Holland, and since 1998 has performed each season at Spectrum Concerts Berlin – a chamber music series at the Berlin Philharmonie.

Particularly renowned for success in the digital release format – in 2013, her recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons topped the iTunes classical and pop charts in numerous countries around the world – Janine records exclusively for Decca (Universal Music). April 2013 brought the release of a chamber-music disc, including Schubert’s String Quintet and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of her International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht. In autumn Decca will issue a recording of Bach concertos plus sonatas for violin and harpsichord. Past releases include Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, the Beethoven and Britten Concertos with Paavo Järvi, Mendelssohn and Bruch with Riccardo Chailly, and Tchaikovsky with Daniel Harding.

Janine has won numerous awards, including four Edison Klassiek Awards, three Echo Klassik awards, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the NDR Musikpreis for outstanding artistic achievement and most recently the Concertgebouw Prize. She has been given the VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs for individual achievement and the RPS Instrumentalist Award for performances in the UK. Janine studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philipp Hirshhorn and Boris Belkin.

The outstanding instrument played by Janine Jansen is the 'Barrere' by Antonio Stradivari (1727) on extended loan from the Elise Mathilde Foundation.