Biography

With an enviable international reputation, violinist Janine Jansen works regularly with the world’s most eminent orchestras and conductors.  This season she is Artist-in-Residence at the London Symphony Orchestra (Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano and Valery Gergiev) complemented by a residency at Wigmore Hall, as well as Artist-in-Residence at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, where she will give both concerto and chamber performances.

This season, Janine performs with the Vienna Philharmonic (Sakari Oramo), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (Antonio Pappano) and also the Orchestre National de Belgique (Andrey Boreyko) which includes a memorial concert for Philipp Hirshhorn.  She will extensively tour Europe with the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Paavo Jarvi) as well as visit Asia with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Daniele Gatti).

A devoted chamber musician, Janine will perform a number of recitals throughout Europe with pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk.  She will also perform various chamber music programmes together with Lucas Debargue, Torleif Thedéen, Martin Fröst and Boris Brovtsyn. As part of the Crescendo Programme in Norway she will collaborate with a number of talented young musicians at Bergen Festival.

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.

13 years after establishing the hugely successful International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, 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.