Jiafeng Chen (violin) was born in Shanghai in 1987, and studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2004 he moved to England, studying at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester. He subsequently studied at the Royal College of Music, and the Juillard School in New York. In 2005, aged 18, Jiafeng Chen won 2nd Prize in the prestigious Sibelius Violin Competition, Helsinki, and later gained 1st Prize at the 9th Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland. He is also a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition and was awarded the Paganini Prize at the Indianapolis International Violin Competition, and the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He is a member of faculty at the Chetham's School of Muic and the Birmingham Conservatoire, and the Royal College of Music. He plays a Gagliano violin kindly on loan from a generous group of owners.
Jianing Kong was born in 1986 in China, and entered the Canton Conservatory of Music at the age of twelve. In 2002, after winning prizes at the National Youth Competition in Beijing and the Third Prize in the Inter-Asia Toyama competition in Hong Kong, he won a scholarship to study at the Purcell School. He subsequently studied at the Royal College of Music, graduating in 2010. In 2011, Jianing was also awarded the prestigious RCM Mills Williams Junior Fellowship and the RCM Artist Diploma. He has won numerous international prizes including 6th Prize at the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition, 1st Prize at the 2013 Valsesia International Piano Competition and 3rd Prize at the 2014 Scottish International Piano Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels, as well as 3rd Prize at the 2015 Santander International Piano Competition, and recently won 6th prize in the Sydney International Piano Competition. He has given performances at festivals and major venues across the U.K. and Europe.. He also frequently returns to China where he has appeared in all the major concert halls.