Isabelle Faust


The violinist Isabelle Faust was born in 1972 in Baden-Württemberg. Only 11 when she founded her own string quartet, she won the Leopold Mozart Competition in 1987. In Christoph Poppen she discovered a mentor for whom chamber music was also a central part of musical life. After winning the Paganini Competition in 1993, she moved to France, where she intensively studied the works of Fauré and Debussy and became known for her recordings of the sonatas of Bartók, Szymanowski, and Janáček. Faust performs a repertoire ranging from the early Baroque and Bach up to such contemporary composers as György Ligeti, Helmut Lachenmann, and Jörg Widmann. She is especially interested in examining how a work has been created, which includes studying original sources and taking into account historically informed performance practice. Faust, who was “artiste étoile” during the 2015 Lucerne Summer Festival, works regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and has performed with such conductors as Giovanni Antonini, Frans Brüggen, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, and Mariss Jansons. Faust concertized regularly with Claudio Abbado in particular; she also recorded the violin concertos of Beethoven and Berg with Abbado, winning the Diapason d’Or, the Echo Klassik, and the Gramophone Award. With her duo partner, the pianist Alexander Melnikov, she has recorded the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms; her most recent release is a Schumann recording that includes the Violin Concerto and the Piano Trios. Isabelle Faust plays the “Sleeping Beauty” Stradivari from 1704.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2009 playing Michael Jarrell’s … Paysages avec Figures absentes … (Nachlese IV), with the Ensemble Contrechamps under Stefan Asbury.

August 2016