Janine Jansen

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About Janine Jansen

The turning point in Dutch violinist Janine Jansen’s career came in 2004, when her chamber music-style recording of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons became one of the biggest-selling classical digital releases ever. Before then, Jansen (born in Soest in 1978) had slowly been building a reputation as an uncommonly collaborative musician, mingling sharp intelligence with a silken violin tone and scintillating virtuosity. While still a teenager, Jansen made her debut at Amsterdam’s prestigious Concertgebouw, and in 2003 appeared for the first time at a Proms concert in London. In the same year, she released a recital album with Decca, followed by recordings of concertos by Bruch, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Britten, and Beethoven. By her early 30s, Jansen was an established star in Europe, founding the successful Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival and playing with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. After taking a six-month hiatus from performing in 2010, Jansen returned to her musical activities with renewed vigor. In 2021 she completed a landmark project playing 12 of the violins made by the legendary Antonio Stradivari, resulting in the documentary Falling for Stradivari and accompanying album 12 Stradivari.

Soest, The Netherlands
January 7, 1978
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