Janine Jansen, Biography
Janine Jansen (Netherlands, born 7 Jan 1978) is a violinist and violist. She is internationally recognized as one of the great violinists and a truly exciting and versatile artist. She works regularly with the world’s most eminent orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and the New York Philharmonic. She was the Featured Artist at the 2014 BBC Proms, culminating in an appearance at the internationally-renowned Last Night of the Proms.
Youth and Childhood of Jansen
Janine Jansen began to study the violin at age 6. Her father is a professional organist, harpsichord and continuo player and her mother a classical singer. Her uncle Peter Kooy is a Dutch bass singer. Both of Jansens brothers are also musicians, with one of them playing cello in a Dutch radio orchestra. Jansen studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philippe Hirschhorn, and Boris Belkin.
In 1997, at the age of 19, she gave her debut at the Royal Concertgebouw with which she became a huge star in Holland.
Janine Jansen appeared as soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland in 2001, where she performed the Brahms Violin Concerto. She had her London debut in November 2002, with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy. It was quickly followed by invitations from some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw, London Symphony and Mahler Chamber orchestras, as well as the Chicago Symphony, The Philadelphia, Cleveland and NHK Symphony orchestras. She opened the BBC Proms in 2005.
She has worked with such eminent conductors as Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Neeme and Paavo Järvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding, Edo de Waart, Gustavo Dudamel and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Jansen has an exclusive recording contract with Decca. Each one of her first five albums has been awarded a Platinum Disc for sales in The Netherlands. Renowned for her success on iTunes, her recordings have reached number one on the digital charts on a number of occasions. She received the Dutch Music Prize in 2003, and the distinguished Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in Britain in 2009. Jansen was a Radio 3 New Generation Artist from 2002–2004.
Jansen and her ex-boyfriend, the violinist Julian Rachlin, have collaborated in chamber music performances. She has begun her own chamber music festival in Utrecht. She is married to Swedish conductor Daniel Blendulf.
Jansen has performed on the 1727 Stradivari "Barrere" violin, which was on loan from the Stradivari Society of Chicago, and currently plays on the "Baron Deurbroucq", also crafted in 1727 by Stradivari, which is owned by the Beare's International Violin Society.
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