Mozart Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297 [300a], "Paris"
Korngold Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.35
Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E-Flat Major, Op. 82
“Today I saw 16 swans. God, what beauty!” A vision of natural wonder inspired the tune that crowns Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony – and once heard, it’s never forgotten. Rising British conductor Jamie Phillips will charge every note with freshness and awe. But before that, the 22-year old Mozart takes Paris by storm and the one and only Ning Feng pours out his heart in the sumptuous Violin Concerto by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, the Viennese genius who defined the ‘Hollywood sound’.
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Jamie Phillips, Associate Conductor of the Hallé Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic Dudamel Fellow, has already developed a strong guest-conducting profile. With a clear, expressive technique and innate musicality, he demonstrates a natural authority and confidence on the rostrum. As one of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Dudamel Fellow, Phillips will conduct the LA Phil in the orchestra’s youth concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall in February 2016. Throughout the season he will work alongside conductors including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas McGegan and Reinbert de Leeuw, as well as the LA Phil’s Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. Soloists with whom Phillips will work include Yefim Bronfman, Truls Mørk, Sol Gabetta, Cameron Carpenter, Lucy Crowe, Roxana Constantinescu, and Luca Pisaroni. Jamie Phillips was the Hallé’s Assistant Conductor until July 2015 and in the specially created role of Associate Conductor he will further develop the strong relationship he has established with the orchestra. He is also Music Director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra and is heavily involved in many of the Hallé’s education programmes and concerts. Jamie Phillips is a committed advocate of new music and in September 2014, recorded the music of Scottish composer, Helen Grime, together with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra and released on the NMC Label: “Performances are spot-on, not least from the orchestra’s assistant conductor, Jamie Phillips, making an auspicious debut on disc.”Classical Music Magazine. In 2015 he will record works by Tarik O’Regan, again for NMC.
Established at the highest level in China, Ning Feng performs regularly in his native country with major international and local orchestras, in recital and with the Dragon Quartet which he founded in 2012. Now based in Berlin and enjoying a global career, Ning Feng has developed a reputation internationally as an artist of great lyricism and emotional transparency, displaying tremendous bravura and awe-inspiring technical accomplishment. Born in Chengdu, China, Ning Feng studied at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, the Hanns Eisler School of Music (Berlin) with Antje Weithaas and the Royal Academy of Music (London) with Hu Kun, where he was the first student ever to be awarded 100% for his final recital. The recipient of prizes at the Hanover International, Queen Elisabeth and Yehudi Menuhin International violin competitions, Ning Feng was First Prize winner of the 2005 Michael Hill International Violin Competition (New Zealand), and in 2006 won first prize in the International Paganini Competition.