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Isabelle van Keulen

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Born: December 16, 1966; Mijdrecht  
Isabelle van Keulen is unusual among today's leading violinists both for her willingness to promote the works of many contemporary composers and in her choice to adopt the viola as a second instrument to display her virtuosic gifts. Her concert programs often feature works by the likes of Schnittke, Gubaidulina, Lutoslawski, Pettersson, Henkemans, and a spate of other, often less-prominent modern composers. Indeed, and she has premiered a number Read more of important compositions by them, including the 2006 Concerto for Violin and Clarinet "Noesis" by Erkki-Sven Tüür. That said, van Keulen's repertory also takes in many standards by Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, and Vieuxtemps. But it includes lesser known fare by major composers as well, such as the violin concertos of Richard Strauss and Stravinsky, the viola concertos of Walton and Bartók, and the Op. 39 quintet by Prokofiev. Van Keulen has concertized widely throughout her career and made numerous recordings for several labels, including Philips, Koch International, DG, BIS, Fidelio, CPO, and EMI.

Isabelle van Keulen was born in Mijdrecht, Holland, on December 16, 1966. She was a gifted child, giving her first concert at 10. She studied music at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, under Davina van Wely. Later teachers included Vladimir Spivakov, Boris Gutnikov, and Sándor Végh. During her student years she won two important competitions: the Menuhin Competition in Folkestone, England (1983) and the 1984 Eurovision Young Musician of the Year Competition, held that year in Geneva, Switzerland.

By 1990 she was recognized as one of Europe's leading young violinists. That year she began regularly appearing in concert as a violist. Her branching out continued: she founded the Isos Quartet in 1995 (for which she performs as first violinist), and in 1996 she founded the Holland-based Delft International Music Festival, which she served as director until 2006.

While her successes in the recording studio include such brilliant early efforts as her 1991 Philips CD of the Mozart Violin Concertos No. 3 and No. 5, her later forays often involved riskier fare altogether, like the 2007 CPO CD of the nearly hour-long Violin Concerto by Allan Pettersson. Van Keulen has also devoted time to teaching and serving on the faculty of the Basle Music Academy and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. Her 2007-2008 concert schedule included a typically imaginative and daring mixture of works by Berg, Brahms, Mozart, Lutoslawski, Schnittke, and a host of others. Read less
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    Piazzolla: Tango / Isabelle Van Keulen
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72609 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen,  Christian Gerber,  Ulrike Payer,  Ludwig Rüdiger
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    Piazzolla: Tango / Isabelle Van Keulen [blu-ray]
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72602 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen,  Christian Gerber,  Ulrike Payer,  Ludwig Rüdiger
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    Piazzolla: Tango! / Isabelle Van Keulen
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72610 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla
    Performer:  Christian Gerber,  Isabelle van Keulen,  Ulrike Payer,  Ludwig Rüdiger
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    Gubaidulina: Offertorium, Hommage To T.s. Eliot / Dutoit, Kremer, Boston So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001884002 Release Date: 08/20/2013  
    Composer:  Sofia Gubaidulina
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Christine Whittlesey,  Klaus Thunemann,  Isabelle van Keulen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Prokofiev: Complete Works For Violin & Piano / Van Keulen, Brautigam
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72580 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen,  Ronald Brautigam
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    Shostakovich Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9245 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Benjamin Fleischmann
    Performer:  Sergei Aleksashkin,  Vladimir Vaneev,  Alla Simoni,  Cristina Ortiz  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai,  Paavo Berglund,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wdr Sinfonieorchester,  Wdr Sinfonieorchester Rundfunkchor,  Wdr Sinfonieorchester Choral Academy Moscow  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Complete Symphonies, String Symphonies, Concertos / Markiz, Litton, Amsterdam Sinfonietta , Bergen Philharmonic
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2002 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Jennifer Larmore,  Judith Howarth,  Christoph Prégardien,  Isabelle van Keulen  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Lev Markiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
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    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Vol 6 - Live Radio Recordings 1990-2000
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 11004 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Luciano Berio,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Ildiko Komlósi,  Kolos Kovacs,  Martha Argerich,  Ann Murray  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Claus Peter Flor,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Swingle Singers,  Netherlands Radio Women's Chorus
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    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto & Quintet / Sharon Kam
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 16672 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sharon Kam,  Volker Jacobsen,  Gustav Rivinius,  Isabelle van Keulen  ... 
    Conductor:  Sharon Kam
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    The Martha Argerich Collection 4  [6-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566002 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Alan Ridout  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky,  Isabelle van Keulen,  Nelson Freire  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Kiril Kondrashin,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: The Works For Piano & Violin /  Isabelle Van Keulen, Olli Mustonen
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802062 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen,  Olli Mustonen
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    2009 Spannungen Festival - Schubert, Widmann: Octets
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553209 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Jörg Widmann
    Performer:  Rachel Roberts,  Hanna Weinmeister,  Florian Donderer,  Isabelle van Keulen  ... 
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    Dvorak: String Sextet; Schumann: 5 Stucke Im Volkston; Schumann & Reimann: Fantasiestucke; Reimann: Solo For Clarinet
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553207 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann,  Aribert Reimann
    Performer:  Florian Donderer,  Gustav Rivinius,  Quirine Viersen,  Isabelle van Keulen  ... 
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    Lockenhaus Vol 10 - Gubaidulina: Chamber Music
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434041 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sofia Gubaidulina
    Performer:  David Geringas,  Isabelle van Keulen,  Veronika Hagen,  Vladimir Mendelssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Mario Venzago
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Young German Philharmonic
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    The Violin Sonata Around 1900 / Van Keulen, Brauigam
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72307 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Ottorino Respighi,  Nino Rota
    Performer:  Ronald Brautigam,  Isabelle van Keulen
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    Berg: Orchestral Works / Venzago, Gothenburg SO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5074 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Geraldine McGreevy,  Isabelle van Keulen
    Conductor:  Mario Venzago
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Spannungen: Musik Im Kraftwerk Heimbach [limited Edition]
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553100 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Recorded Sound,  Tatiana Komarova,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Kim Kashkashian,  Antje Weithaas,  Boris Pergamenschikow,  Lars Vogt  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Heimbach Strings 2006
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    Taneyev: String Trios / Leopold String Trio
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67573 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Taneyev
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen,  Lawrence Power,  Kate Gould
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leopold String Trio
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    Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos 3 & 5 / Isabelle Van Keulen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426715 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
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    Stravinsky: The Works For Violin & Piano / Keuelen, Mustonen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420953 Release Date: 06/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen,  Olli Mustonen
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  • 21.
    Mendelssohn: Complete Concertos
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1766 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen,  Ronald Brautigam,  Love Derwinger,  Roland Pöntinen
    Conductor:  Lev Markiz
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    Grieg, Elgar, Sibelius: Music For Violin & Piano
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72171 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Ronald Brautigam,  Isabelle van Keulen
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    Mozart: Violin Concertos 1, 2 & 4 / Isabelle Van Keulen
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432100 Release Date: 07/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen
    Conductor:  Isabelle van Keulen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra
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    Pettersson: Violin Concerto No 2 / Swedish Radio So, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777199 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Allan Pettersson
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Shostakovich: Viola Sonata, Violin Sonata / Van Keulen
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72071 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen,  Ronald Brautigam
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