Drawing: Janine Jansen

Janine Jensen

Dutch violist Janine Jansen is considered one of the world’s great violin players. She regularly works with the most eminent orchestras around the globe.

Janine is renowned for her success in the digital music charts, being dubbed the ‘Queen of the downloads’ in recognition of her award-winning and immensely popular recordings.

She currently plays a 1727 Baron Deurbroucq Stradivari violin, which is named after Dutch Baron Deurbroucq of the Hague who commissioned it to be made.

“I don’t own it, I have it on loan,” Janine said. “My father insisted that I had to make a choice based only on my feeling – not because of either name or appearance. So he made me wear a blindfold while choosing, I picked up one after another. After only six notes on the Baron Deurbroucq violin, I said, ‘this is it'”.

Janine signed my portrait at the Barbican in London last week where she performed Mendelssohn in the International Violin Festival with the London Symphony Orchestra.

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