ISABELLE FAUST

Rendezvous: Isabelle Faust Recital Violins, June 3

Isabelle Faust captivates her listeners both with an interpretation based on a thourough knowledge of the historical context of the works she performs, as well as with faithful renditions based on current scholarship.

After winning the Leopold Mozart and Paganini competitions at an early age, she was soon invited to appear with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, under the baton of such conductors as Frans Brüggen, Mariss Jansons, Giovanni Antonini, Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding, and Bernard Haitink.

Isabelle Faust et Alexander Melnikov © Molina Visuals

Isabelle Faust et Alexander Melnikov © Molina Visuals

Isabelle Faust performs a repertoire ranging from J.S. Bach to contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Lachenmann, and Widmann. Always exploring new musical horizons, she is equally at home as a chmber musician or as a soloist with major orchestras or period ensembles. In addition to the great symphonic violin concertos, Isabelle Faust also performs works by György Kurtág (Kafka Fragments with the soprano Christine Schäfer), or clarinet quintets by Johannes Brahms and Mozart on historical instruments with her chamber music colleagues.

Over the course of her career, Isabelle Faust has developed a particularly close relationship with  Claudio Abbado, performing and recording concertos for violin by Beethoven and Alban Berg with the Orchestra Mozart (Harmonia Mundi) under his baton. She has made several other recordings for Harmonia Mundi, including Bach’s sonatas and partitas and a number of recordings with the pianist Alexander Melnikov, including the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin.

Isabelle Faust plays the “Sleeping Beauty” Stradivarius (1704), kindly loaned to her by the L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.