Isabelle Faust

Violin

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 loses herself in the music and rediscovers herself from within.
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Isabelle Faust captivates her audience with her compelling interpretations. She dives deep into every piece considering the musical historical context, historically appropriate instruments and the greatest possible authenticity according to a contemporary state of knowledge. Thus, she manages to constantly illuminate and passionately perform the repertoire of a wide variety of composers.
After winning the renowned Leopold Mozart Competition and the Paganini Competition at a very young age, she soon gave regular 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.

This led to 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.
„To fully appreciate such exquisite softness, such clarity wedded to such fragility, one needs to hear Faust live. Trust a listener who’s heard countless performances: this was Beethoven’s Violin Concerto as Cleveland rarely gets to hear it.”Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, February 2020
Isabelle Faust’s vast artistic curosity includes 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. In addition to big symphonic violin concertos this includes 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, Brett Dean, Ondřej Adámek and Oscar Strasnoy 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 Johann Sebastian Bach’s violin concertos with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s violin concerto with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado. In 2018, a recording with sonatas for violin and harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach was released, recorded with Kristian Bezuidenhout. Isabelle Faust presented further popular recordings among others of the Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as violin concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven and Alban Berg under the direction of Claudio Abbado. She shares a long-standing chamber music partnership with the pianist Alexander Melnikov. Among others, joint recordings with sonatas for piano and violin by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven or Johannes Brahms have been released.

During the 2019/20 season Isabelle Faust is Artist in Residence at the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philharmonie Essen, the Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical Madrid and the Philharmonie de Luxembourg.

2019 / 2020
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Contacts: Arnold Simmenauer, Alexandre Airaudo, Carolin Traute-Breidenbach

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2021 / 2022
2020 / 2021
Solo

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

Septet/Nonet
With Timothy Ridout (Viola), Christophe Coin (Cello), Wies de Boevé (Double Bass), Emily Beynon (Flute), Pascal Moraguès (Clarinet), Moritz Roelcke (Clarinet), Marco Postinghel (Bassoon) & Carsten Duffin (Horn)
April 7th - 11th 2021

Beethoven: Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20
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Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (Reconstruction of the original version for nonet by Jorge Rotter)

Horn Trio
With Teunis van der Zwart (Horn) & Alexander Melnikov (Piano)

Brahms: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 120 No. 1 (Version for violin and piano)
Ligeti: Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano
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Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40

Stravinsky/Strasnoy
with Lorenzo Coppola (clarinet), Javier Zafra (bassoon), Wies de Boevé (double bass), Reinhold Friedrichs (trumpet), Jörgen van Rijen (trombone), Raymond Curfs (percussion), Dominique Horwitz (speaker)
30th August - 3rd September 2021

Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat
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Strasnoy: Kodayu (2022)

 

A new piece, initiated by Isabelle Faust, with the same instrumentation as the Stravinsky piece for chamber ensemble and speaker.

Discography

Mozart: Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin II
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Sonata in F major, K. 376
Violin Sonata in A major, K. 305
Violin Sonata in G major, K. 301
Violin Sonata in B-flat major, K. 378

Alexander Melnikov - Fortepiano

Bach: Violin Concertos
Johann Sebastian Bach
Violin Concerto, BWV 1052R
Violin Concerto, BWV 1042
Trio Sonata, BWV 529
Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060R
Overture No. 2, BWV 1067
Trio Sonata, BWV 527
Violin Concerto, BWV 1056R
Violin Concerto, BWV 1041
Sinfonia, BWV 1045
Concerto for 2 Violins, BWV 1043

Xenia Loeffler - Oboe
Akamus
Bernhard Forck - Conductor

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

Alexander Melnikov - Fortepiano

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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