Janine Jansen

Classical music is in Janine Jansen’s blood. She was born to an extremely musical family. Her mother and father are both professional musicians, and her brother, Peter Kooy, is an accomplished bass singer. She was born on January 7, 1978 in the Netherlands.

Given her musical upbringing, Jansen began violin lessons at the relatively late age of 6. (Many prodigies start as young as 3.) She studied under the likes of Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philipp Hirshhorn, and Boris Belkin, and took class on music theory and performance at the University of Utrecht, one of Europe’s best universities.

Her professional debut came in 1997, when she was 19 years old, performing with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra. Her next major appearance was a year later, at the Spectrum Concerts chamber music series put on by the Berlin Philharmonic. Since then, she’s committed herself to small chamber groups, returning to the Spectrum series each year and establishing her own chamber music festival in Utretcht.

Throughout her short professional career, she’s also performed with the world’s greatest orchestras. Notable performances include her 2002 London debut with guest conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, the standing ovation given to her with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006, and a sold-out show with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

What really sets Jansen apart from other violinists, though, is her success on the charts. First signed in 2003, her 2005 recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons released under Decca Records became a best-seller on iTunes. The album received an Echo Award a year later, as did her two subsequent albums.

In recent years, she’s become known for her renditions of Bach, with two separate albums devoted exclusively to the composer. In 2008, as an informal follow-up to her Four Seasons recording, she released an iTunes-exclusive live recording of Bach’s "Trio Sonata in G Major" and "Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 6 In G Major." However, her repertoire includes French and Russian composers as well. Jansen is also known for her sparse recording style. Instead of recording with a full orchestra, she prefers solo and small-group renditions, often playing with just her father and brother.

Jansen continues to record and tour the world as a preeminent young violin talent. Widely considered one of the best musicians of her era, she’s the recipient of the Dutch Music Prize, a Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award, a Radio 3 New Generation Artist Award, and the Concertgebouw Prize.

Janine Jansen Videos

Janine Jansen Jules Massenet   Meditation from Thaïs

Janine Jansen -- "Méditation" from "Thaïs"

In this 2006 performance in Berlin, Jansen plays Jules Massenet's "Méditation" to a huge outdoor audience.

Janine Jansen Notes Of A Recording (Tchaikovsky) Part 3

Janine Jansen: Notes Of A Recording: Part 3

This section of the documentary zooms in on some of the specifics and particularities of recording Tchaikovsky's most difficult long-form piece.

Janine Jansen - Falla - 2005-08-20

Janine Jansen Plays a Street Concert in Amsterdam

Here Jansen plays a piece by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.

[Janine Jansen] Tchaikovsky Violin concerto 1

Janine Jansen Plays the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto: 1st Movement

Here, Jansen begins a performance of Tchaikovsky's famous violin concerto.

Janine Jansen Notes Of A Recording (Tchaikovsky) Part 4

Janine Jansen: Notes Of A Recording: Part 4

In part 4 of this behind-the-scenes documentary, Jansen gets into the importance of being critical while recording -- and how all-consuming that

Janine Jansen - Szymanowski: Mythes

Janine Jansen Plays Szymanowski's "Myths," International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht 2011

Jansen seems to like to branch out for her performances at the International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht, which she founded.

Janine Jansen performs Tchaikovsky Violin concerto 2. movement

Janine Jansen Plays the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto: 2nd Movement

This video contains the second movement, the slowish conzonetta andante, of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, as performed by Jansen on September 23

Janine Jansen Notes Of A Recording (Tchaikovsky) Part 5

Janine Jansen: Notes Of A Recording: Part 5

This part of the documentary begins by showing the fun side of recording in Santiago.

Janine Jansen - Passacaille, Suite Nº 7 HWV 432 by Haendel

Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin Performs Handel's "Passacaglia"

This is an excellent video of Jansen and Julian Rachlin performing "Passacaglia" by Handel and Halvorsen.

Janine Jansen performs Tchaikovsky Violin concerto 3. movement

Janine Jansen Plays the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto: 3rd Movement

Here, Jansen plays the third movement, the sprightly allegro vivacissimo, of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, as conducted by Christoph Poppen.

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