Janine Jansen actually wanted to play the cello like her brother, but her parents, who are also musicians, persuaded her to learn the violin to “bring a little more variety into the family”, says Jansen. Good advice, since after completing her studies with distinction and making her debut at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw in 1997 at the age of 19, the native of the Netherlands embarked on a breathtaking career. Her debut album was released in 2003, and her recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons the following year was an international success: it was number one on the digital music charts for weeks. Janine Jansen also displays new and unusually exciting facets of other well-known works from the repertoire, with creativity and a subtle feeling for nuances. Today she appears regularly with the most eminent conductors and orchestras throughout the world, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, with whom she made her debut in the Waldbühne in 2006. Janine Jansen is Guest Artistic Director of the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, which she founded in 2003. She is also professor of violin at the Haute École de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg, where she has taught since 2019. The musician, who plays the Shumsky-Rode Stradivarius from 1715, has received numerous awards, among them the Johannes Vermeer Award from the Dutch government in 2018 and the Herbert von Karajan Prize in 2020.