Saturday, October 18, 2008

Violinist: Janine Jansen

Janine Jansen: The Dutch Violinist

Janine Jansen is one of the most promising violinists. She's Dutch and oh let me correct the heading, she's not just a violinist. She can also play the viola with equal brilliance.

Her recordings:
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos
Bach: Inventions & Partitia
Mendelssohn & Bruch: Violin Concertos
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Janine Jansen Album

Her Bach: Inventions and Partita album is a great album. You can listen to her recording even if you're studying. She provided me a daily dose of Bach and I always listen to it before I sleep. :D

I first saw her on YouTube when I searched for some Bach violin music at the site. I watched the first video and I found myself searching for more videos of her, typing Janine Jansen on the search bar. I have embedded some of her videos here from YouTube for you to watch. Enjoy!
I hope you'll like this beautiful and great violinist.

She uses Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1727 violin.

I heart Janine Jansen! :D

Jansen: The Bach Album
Dutch violinist Janine Jansen brings a fresh chamber approach to Bach's two and thee-part inventions. The centrepiece of this recording is her thrilling D minor partita for solo violin. (source: DeccaMusicGroup)

Mozart Violin Concerto 5 in A Major
The Mozart Violin Concerto videos: (courtesy of DrMontague)

Biography from her website:
Janine studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philipp Hirshhorn and Boris Belkin. She was a previous BBC New Generation Artist and in September 2003 she received the Dutch Music Prize from the Ministry of Culture – the highest distinction an artist can receive in The Netherlands.

She received numerous awards including the Edison Classic Public Award three times, an Echo award for her Vivaldi recording in 2006 and her Mendelssohn/Bruch album in 2007 as well as the NDR Musikpreis for outstanding artistic achievement in 2007.

The outstanding instrument being used by Janine Jansen is the violin by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1727, ‘Barrere’ – on extended loan from the Elise Mathilde Fund through intermediation of The Stradivari Society® of Chicago.

You should also see her picture gallery on her site to see more of her pictures. She's very beautiful! Really beautiful! Here's some of her pics. (from