Isabelle Faust

Violin

Artist in Residence at the Philharmonie Cologne (2018/19)
Musicians say that when they work with her, they play better themselves. As unrelentingly focused as a laser beam, she exposes the essence of the music and sets standards. One has the urge to follow her as she looses herself in the music and rediscovers herself from within.
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Biography

Isabelle Faust fascinates her listeners with her sound standing interpretations. She dives deep into every piece considering the musical historical context, historically appropriate instruments and the most possible authenticity according to a contemporary state of knowledge. She manages to constantly illuminate and passionately perform a repertoire from Heinrich I. F. Biber to Helmut Lachenmann.
After winning the reowned Leopold Mozart Competition and the Paganini Competition at a very early age, she soon gave regular guest performances with the world’s major orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Baroque Orchestra Freiburg.

A close and sustained cooperation with conductors like Claudio Abbado, Giovanni Antonini, Frans Brüggen, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Andris Nelsons and Robin Ticciati evolved from it.

Isabelle Faust’s vast artistic curosity and broad mind include all eras and forms of instrumental cooperation. Thus she never considers music as an end in itself but rather advances the piece’s essence in a devoted, subtle and conscientious way. Besides big symphonic violin concerts she plays for instance Schubert’s octet with historical instruments as well as György Kurtág’s "Kafka Fragments" with Anna Prohaska or Igor Stravinsky’s "L’Histoire du Soldat" with Dominique Horwitz. With great commitment she renders an outstanding service to the performance of contemporary music. Premieres of Péter Eötvös, Ondřej Adámek, Marco Stroppa, Oscar Strasnoy and Beat Furrer are in preparation for the upcoming seasons.

Numerous recordings have been unanimously praised by critics and awarded the Diapason d’or, the Grammophone Award, the Choc de l’année and other prizes. The most recent recordings include Mozart’s violin concerts with Il Giardino Armonico under the direction of Giovanni Antonini and the Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado. Isabelle Faust presented further popular recordings among others from sonatas and scores for violin solo by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as violin concerts by Ludwig van Beethoven and Alban Berg under the direction of Claudio Abbado. She keeps a long collaboration in chamber music with the pianist Alexander Melnikov. Common recordings were published containing all sonatas for piano and violin by Ludwig van Beethoven as well as other pieces.

Isabelle Faust is Artist in Residence at Kölner Philharmonie during the season 2018/2019.

2018 / 2019
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Contacts: Arnold Simmenauer, Alexandre Airaudo, Carolin Traute-Breidenbach

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Programme

2019 / 2020
Between Baroque and Contemporary

Rochberg: Caprice Variations for Solo Violin (excerpts)
Guillemain: “Amusement” for Violin Solo op. 18 (excerpts)
Holliger: “Drei kleine Szenen” for Solo Violin (dedicated to Isabelle Faust)
Pisendel: Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor
Benjamin: 3 Minatures for Solo Violin
Biber: Passacaglia for Solo Violin in G minor C. 105 “Mystery Sonata”

Beethoven Piano Trios
with Alexander Melnikov (piano) and Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B major op. 11
Beethoven: Piano Trio in G major/G minor op. 121a “Kakadu Variations”
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Beethoven: Piano Trio in B major op. 97 “Archduke”

Bach, Biber & Westhoff
with Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord), Kristin von der Goltz (cello) and Elizabeth Kenny (lute)

Bach: Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no. 2 in A major BWV 1015
Westhoff: Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo no. 4 in D minor
Biber: Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo no. 5 in E minor
Westhoff: Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo no. 3 in D minor
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Bach: Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G major BWV 1021
Biber: From the “The Rosary Sonatas” Sonata XIII: Pentecost
Biber: Passacaglia in G minor
Westhoff: Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo no. 2 in A minor

Transfigured Night
with Anne Katharina Schreiber (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Danusha Waskiewicz (viola), Christian Poltéra (cello) and Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello)

Webern: Five Movements for String Quartet op. 5
Beethoven: String Quintet in C minor op. 104
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Webern: Five Movements for String Quartet op. 5
Schönberg: String Sextet op. 4 ”Verklärte Nacht”

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Schedule

21.03.2019
19:30 Uhr
London, GB / Barbican Hall
Isabelle Faust, London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink
23.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
Gent, BE / Muziekcentrum De Bijloke Gent
Isabelle Faust, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe
24.03.2019
19:00 Uhr
Essen, DE / Philharmonie Essen
Isabelle Faust, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe
25.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
Viersen, DE / Festhalle Viersen
Isabelle Faust, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe
26.03.2019
20:00 Uhr
Ludwigshafen, DE / BASF-Feierabendhaus
Isabelle Faust, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe
28.03.2019
19:30 Uhr
Krakau, PL / ICE Kraków Congress Centre
Isabelle Faust, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe
30.03.2019
20:30 Uhr
Lugano, CH / LAC, Lugano Arte e Cultura
Isabelle Faust, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe
04.04.2019
20:00 Uhr
Köln, DE / Kölner Philharmonie
Isabelle Faust, Anna Prohaska, Dominique Horwitz
06.04.2019
19:00 Uhr
Berlin, DE / Pierre Boulez Saal
Isabelle Faust, Anna Prohaska, Dominique Horwitz
11.04.2019
19:30 Uhr
Reykjavik, IS / Harpa Concert Hall
Isabelle Faust, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vänskä
16.04.2019
20:00 Uhr
Paris, FR / Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Isabelle Faust
17.04.2019
21:00 Uhr
Arezzo, IT / Teatro Petrarca
Isabelle Faust
25.04.2019
20:00 Uhr
Hamburg, DE / Elbphilharmonie
Isabelle Faust, Antonello Mannacorda, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
26.04.2019
19:30 Uhr
Lübeck, DE / Musik-und Kongreßhalle
Isabelle Faust, Antonello Mannacorda, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
27.04.2019
20:00 Uhr
Harburg, DE /
Isabelle Faust, Antonello Mannacorda, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
28.04.2019
11:00 Uhr
Hamburg, DE / Elbphilharmonie
Isabelle Faust, Antonello Mannacorda, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester
08.05.2019
19:30 Uhr
Göteborg, SE / Göteborgs Konserthus
Isabelle Faust, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Jukka-Pekka Saraste
09.05.2019
19:30 Uhr
Göteborg, SE / Göteborgs Konserthus
Isabelle Faust, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Jukka-Pekka Saraste
16.05.2019
19:30 Uhr
Augsburg, DE / Großer Goldener Saal
Isabelle Faust
17.05.2019
19:00 Uhr
Frankfurt am Main, DE / Alte Oper Frankfurt
Isabelle Faust
18.05.2019
19:00 Uhr
Prag, CZ / Rudolfinum
Isabelle Faust
24.05.2019
19:00 Uhr
Helsinki, FI / Helsinki Music Centre
Isabelle Faust, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki
26.05.2019
19:00 Uhr
Ludwigsburg, DE / Theater am Forum
Isabelle Faust, Kammerorchester Basel, Heinz Holliger
28.05.2019
19:30 Uhr
Basel, CH / Martinskirche
Isabelle Faust, Kammerorchester Basel, Heinz Holliger, Jörg Widmann, Diego Chenna, Alina Ibragimova
29.05.2019
20:00 Uhr
Martigny, CH / Fondation Pierre Gianadda
Isabelle Faust, Kammerorchester Basel, Heinz Holliger, Jörg Widmann, Diego Chenna, Alina Ibragimova
02.06.2019
17:00 Uhr
Zürich, CH / Kirche St. Peter
Isabelle Faust
04.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Würzburg, DE / Residenz Würzburg
Isabelle Faust, Kammerorchester Basel, Heinz Holliger
08.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Antwerpen, BE / De Singel
Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov
10.06.2019
19:00 Uhr
Ostrava, CZ / Dům kultury města Ostravy (House of Culture)
Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov
13.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Ludwigsburg, DE / Ludwigsburger Schloß
Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Melnikov
14.06.2019
19:00 Uhr
London, GB / Wigmore Hall
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras
16.06.2019
20:00 Uhr
Istanbul, TR / Is Sanat Concert Hall
Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras
18.06.2019
17:00 Uhr
Leipzig, DE / Kongresshalle
Isabelle Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout

Discography

Bach: Violin Concertos
Johann Sebastian Bach
Xenia Loeffler - Oboe
Akamus
Bernhard Forck - Conductor

Mozart: Sonatas for Violin and Fortepiano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Sonata in D major, KV 306
Violin Sonata in E minor, KV 304
Violin Sonata in A major, KV 526

Alexander Melnikov - Piano

Debussy: The Three Sonatas The Late Works
Claude Debussy
Sonata (third) for violin and piano, in G minor
Sonata (second) for flute, viola and harp, in F major
Sonata (first) for cello and piano, in D minor

Alexander Melnikov - Piano
Tanguy de Williencourt - Piano
Jean-Guihen Queyras - Cello
Javier Perianes - Piano
Magali Mosnier - Flute
Antoine Tamestit - Viola
Xavier de Maistre - Harp

Schubert: Oktett
Franz Schubert
Octet in F major, Op. 166 D 803
Minuets and Trios D 89

Anne Katherine Schreiber - Violin
Danusha Waskiewicz - Viola
Kristin von der Goltz - Cello
James Munro - Double Bass
Lorenzo Coppola - Clarinet
Javier Zafra - Bassoon
Teunis van der Zwart - Horn

J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1014
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1015
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord in E major, BWV 1016
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord in C minor, BWV 1017
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1018
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019

Kristian Bezuidenhout - Harpsichord

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 5
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 64
"Fingal's Cave", Op. 26
Symphony No. 5 in D major, Op. 107

Freiburger Barockorchester
Pablo Heras-Casado - Conductor

Carter: Late Works
Elliott Carter
Interventions for Piano and Ochestra
Dialogues I & II for Piano & Chamber Ochestra
Soundings for Ochestra
Two Controversies and a Conversation for Piano, Percussion, Chamber Ochestra
Instances for Chamber Ochestra
Epigrams for Piano trio

Pierre-Laurent Aimard - Piano
Jean-Guihen Queyras - Cello
Colin Currie - Percussion
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Oliver Knussen - Conductor

Chausson, Franck
Ernest Chausson
Concerto for Piano, Violin and String Quartet, Op. 21

César Franck
Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major, FW8

Alexander Melnikov - Piano
Salagon Quartet

Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 - 5
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in B-flat major, KV 207
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in D major, KV 211
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G major, KV 216
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 4 in D major, KV 218
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A major, KV 219

Il Giardino Armonico
Giovanni Antonini - Conductor

Brahms: Violin Sonatas, Op. 100 & 108
Johannes Brahms
Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100

Robert Schumann
Three Romances, Op. 94

Albert Dietrich / Robert Schumann / Johannes Brahms
F.A.E. Sonata

Alexander Melnikov - Piano

Schumann: Violin Concerto and Piano Trio No. 3
Robert Schumann
Violin Concerto, WoO 1
Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 110

Alexander Melnikov - Piano
Jean-Guihen Queyras - Cello
Freiburger Barockorchester
Pablo Heras-Casado - Conductor

In aller Stille
Works by Guillemain, Kurtag, Pisendel, Paganini, Bach, Ysaye, Feldman, Tartini, Cage & Strawinski
Roger Willemsen - Text

Brahms: Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op. 40
Johannes Brahms
Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op. 40
Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 78
7 Fantasies, Op. 116

Teunis van der Zwart - Horn
Alexander Melnikov - Piano

Beethoven: Piano Trios, Op. 70 No. 2, Op. 97 "Archduke"
Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 70 No. 2
Trio for Violin, Violoncello and Piano in B-flat major "Archduke", Op. 97

Alexander Melnikov - Piano
Jean-Guihen Queyras - Cello

Lancino: Violin Concerto
Thierry Lancino
Violin Concerto
Prelude And Death Of Virgil

Matteo de Monti - Baritone
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
Arturo Tamayo - Conductor
Orchestre National de France
Gerard Schwarz - Conductor

Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Béla Bartók
Violin Concerto No. 1, Sz 36 Op. posth.
Violin Concerto No. 2, SZ 112

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding - Conductor

Weber: Sonatas & Piano Quartet
Carl Maria von Weber
Sonata in C major, Op. 10 No. 6
Sonata in G major, Op. 10 No. 3
Sonata in E-flat major, Op. 10 No. 4
Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Fortepiano in B-flat major, Op. 8

Alexander Melnikov - Piano
Boris Faust - Viola
Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt - Cello

Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1003
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003

Berg & Beethoven: Violin Concertos
Alban Berg
Violin Concerto "To the memory of an angel"

Ludwig van Beethoven
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Orchestra Mozart
Claudio Abbado - Conductor

Beethoven - Bartók - Martinů: Violin Sonatas & Concertos
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto in D major, op. 61
Sonata in A major, op. posth. 162, D. 574

Béla Bartók
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 Sz. 75

Bohuslav Martinů
Violon concerto No. 2 H. 293

Ewa Kupiec - Piano
Alexander Melnikov - Piano
Prague Philharmonia
Jiří Bělohlávek - Condutor

Brahms: Violin Concerto & String Sextet No. 2
Johannes Brahms
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 77
Sextet for Strings No. 2 in G major, Op. 36

Julia-Maria Kretz - Violin
Stefan Fehlandt - Viola
Pauline Sachse - Viola
Christoph Richter - Cello
Xenia Jankovic - Cello
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Harding - Conductor

Bartók: Violin Sonatas
Béla Bartók
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1, Sz 75
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2, Sz 76
Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz 117
Rhapsody for Violin and Piano No. 1, Sz 86
Rhapsody for Violin and Piano No. 2, Sz 89
Rumanian Folk Dances for Violin and Piano, Sz 56

Ewa Kupiec - Piano
Florent Boffard - Piano

Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1004 - 1006
Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

Beethoven: Sonatas for Piano and Violin
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonatas for Piano and Violin Nos. 1 - 10

Alexander Melnikov - Piano

Fauré: Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Gabriel Fauré
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A major, Op. 13
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in E minor, Op. 108
Berceuse, Op. 16
Romance, Op. 28
Andante, Op. 75
Morceau de lecture

Florent Boffard - Piano

harmonia mundi, DDD, 2008

Martinů: Violin Concerto No. 2
Bohuslav Martinů
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2, H 293
Serenade No. 2, H 216 (for two Violins and Viola)
Toccata e due canzoni, H 311 (for Strings and Piano obligato)

Cedric Tiberghien - Piano
Prague Philharmonia
Jiri Belohlavek - Conductor

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 61
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A major, Op. 47 "Kreutzer Sonata"

Alexander Melnikov - Piano
Prague Philharmonia
Jiri Belohlavek - Conductor

Jolivet: Violin Concerto
Andre Jolivet
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Ernest Chausson
Poème, Op. 25 for Violin and Orchestra

Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin
Marko Letonja - Conductor

Schubert: Sonata D 574, Rondo op. 70, Fantasie D 934
Franz Schubert
Fantasy in C major, Op. posth. 159 D 934
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major, D 574
Rondo Brilliant in B minor, Op. 70 D 895

Alexander Melnikov - Piano

Feldman: Violin and Orchestra
Morton Feldman
Violin and Orchestra
Coptic Light

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Peter Rundel - Conductor

Col Legno (harmonia mundi), 2004

Dvořák: Violin Concerto
Antonin Dvořák
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 53
Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Op. 65

Jean-Guihen Queyras - Cello
Alexander Melnikov - Piano
Prag Philharmonic Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek - Conductor

Janáček: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Leoš Janáček
Sonata for Violin and Piano, JW 7/7

Witold Lutosławski
Subito for Violin and Piano

Karol Szymanowski
Myths, poems for Violin and Piano, Op. 30 M29

Witold Lutosławski
Partita for Violin and Piano

Ewa Kupiec - Piano

harmonia mundi, 2003

Hartmann: Funèbre
Karl Amadeus Hartmann
Concerto funèbre
Symphony No. 4
Chamber Concerto for Clarinet, String Quartet and String Orchestra

Paul Meyer - Clarinet
Petersen Quartett
Münchener Kammerorchester
Christoph Poppen - Conductor

ECM Records, 2000

Schumann: Violin Sonatas
Robert Schumann
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1, Op. 105
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2, Op. 121
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3, WoO 27

Silke Avenhaus - Piano

CPO, 2000

Haydn: Violin Concertos
Joseph Haydn
Concerto in C major, Hob VII: 1
Concerto in A major, Hob VIIa: 3
Concerto in G major, Hob VII: 4

Münchner Kammerorchester
Christoph Poppen - Conductor

PAN, DDD, 1997

Videos

Beethoven: Violin Concerto / Faust · Haitink · Berliner Philharmoniker
Faust/Melnikov/Queyras - R. Schumann/ from: Piano Trio 1 op. 63 in d (live @ Bimhuis Amsterdam)

Contact

Arnold Simmenauer
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Alexandre Airaudo
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Carolin Traute-Breidenbach
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