Janine Jansen

January 7, 1978 - Soest (Netherlands)


With an enviable international reputation, violinist Janine Jansen works regularly with the world’s most eminent orchestras and conductors.  This season she is Perspectives Artist at Carnegie Hall New York performing a variety of concerto and chamber music programmes throughout the season, while tours are planned with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Gatti, London Symphony Orchestra (with Michael Tilson Thomas as well as Semyon Bychkov) and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie/Paavo Järvi.

Other highlights this season include engagements with the Berlin Philharmonic (Paavo Järvi), Munich Philharmonic (Zubin Mehta), Staatskapelle Dresden (Antonio Pappano), Philadelphia Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic (Yannick Nézet-Seguin), Czech Philharmonic (Jakob Hrusa), Oslo Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony (David Afkham), Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (Karina Canellakis) and Iceland Symphony (Daniel Blendulf). She will also travel to the Far East and Australia performing with Singapore, Sydney and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.

A devoted chamber musician, Janine joins Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich, Itamar Golan and Lily Maisky for a major European Chamber Music Tour.    She performs a number of recitals throughout Europe with pianists Alexander Gavrylyuk, Elisabeth Leonskaja and Kathryn Stott.  As part of her Perspectives Series at Carnegie Hall she will perform Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” with Lucas Debargue, Torleif Thedéen and Martin Fröst. In this context she will also perform the US premiere of Michel van der Aa’s violin concerto with Philadelphia Orchestra and Nézet-Seguin. Further concerts at Carnegie Hall include a chamber programme with Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Dover Quartet.

Janine records exclusively for Decca Classics and since recording Vivaldi’s Four Seasons back in 2003 she has been extremely successful in the digital music charts. Her latest release, conducted by Antonio Pappano, features Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with London Symphony Orchestra and Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.  Other highlights of her discography include a recording of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 with London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, Beethoven and Britten with Paavo Järvi, Mendelssohn and Bruch with Riccardo Chailly, Tchaikovsky with Daniel Harding as well as an album of Bach Concertos with her own ensemble. Janine has also released a number of chamber music discs, including Schubert’s String Quintet and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Sonatas by Debussy, Ravel and Prokofiev with pianist Itamar Golan.

Janine has won numerous prizes, including four Edison Klassiek Awards, four ECHO Klassik awards, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, NDR Musikpreis for outstanding artistic achievement and the Concertgebouw Prize. She has been given the VSCD Klassieke Muziekprijs for individual achievement and the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award for performances in the UK.  In September 2015 she was awarded the Bremen MusikFest Award. Janine studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philipp Hirshhorn and Boris Belkin.

In 2003 Janine founded the hugely successful International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht. After 13 years Janine stepped down from her position as Artistic Director in June 2016 and named cellist Harriet Krijgh as her successor.

Janine Jansen plays the 1707 Stradivarius “Rivaz – Baron Gutmann” violin kindly on loan from Dextra Musica.