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First Violin

This season Dutch violinist Janine Jansen returns to the Orchestre de Paris, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic. She gives the world premiere of Michel van der Aa’s Violin Concertowith the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and also performs the work with the Bergen Philharmonic. Ms. Jansen tours Europe with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the London Symphony Orchestra, takes Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and directs the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in concerts in Germany, France, and the Netherlands. She also embarks on two recital tours with pianist Itamar Golan, in the Netherlands and the US.

Ms. Jansen records exclusively for Decca Classics. Future releases include Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, both conducted by Antonio Pappano. Her recordings include an album of concertos and sonatas by Bach, 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. Ms. Jansen has also released a number of chamber music discs, including Schubert’s String Quintet and Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night.

Janine Jansen has won numerous prizes, including four Edison Awards, three ECHO Klassik awards, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the NDR Musikpreis for outstanding artistic achievement and, most recently, the Concertgebouw Prize. She is the founder and curator of the annual International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht.

Ms. Jansen studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philipp Hirschhorn, and Boris Belkin. She currently plays the 1727 “Baron Deurbroucq” Stradivarius violin, on loan to her through the Beare's International Violin Society. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut in 2005 as a Shenson Young Artist.

(May 2015)