Isabelle van Keulen

Biography

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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Schubert: Violin Works / Gidon Kremer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000001502 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Gabrielle Lester,  Richard Lester,  Diemut Poppen  ... 
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    20/21 - Gubaidulina: Offertorium, Hommage / Dutoit, Kremer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471625 Release Date: 08/13/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sofia Gubaidulina
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Isabelle van Keulen,  Tabea Zimmermann,  David Geringas  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Bartok, Liszt, Prokofiev / Argerich, Collins
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57035 Release Date: 06/29/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Chantal Juillet,  Michael Collins,  Martha Argerich,  Nelson Freire  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Complete Solo Concertos / Markiz, Van Keulen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 966/968 Release Date: 01/25/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Ronald Brautigam,  Isabelle van Keulen,  Roland Pöntinen,  Love Derwinger
    Conductor:  Lev Markiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Nieuw Sinfonietta
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    Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos, Etc / Van Keulen, Markiz
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 935 Release Date: 11/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Isabelle van Keulen
    Conductor:  Lev Markiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
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  • 32.
    Martinu: Chamber Music - Oboe Quartet, Viola Sonata, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553916 Release Date: 09/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Theodore Kuchar,  Charmian Gadd,  Rainer Moog,  Solomia Soroka  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Concerto For Violin & Piano, Etc / Markiz
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 713 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Ronald Brautigam,  Isabelle van Keulen
    Conductor:  Lev Markiz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Sinfonietta
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  • 34.
    Duo Piano Extravaganza / Martha Argerich & Friends
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 446557 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Béla Bartók,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Stephen Kovacevich,  Willy Goudswaard,  Michel de Roo  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Gubaidulina: Offertorium, Hommage to T.S. Eliot / Dutoit, Kremer, Boston SO
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 427336 Release Date: 07/20/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sofia Gubaidulina
    Performer:  Christine Whittlesey,  Gidon Kremer,  Klaus Thunemann,  Isabelle van Keulen  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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    Schubert: Octet / Kremer, Brunner, Van Keulen, Thunemann
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423367 Release Date: 01/25/1988   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Radovan Vlatkovic,  Eduard Brunner,  Gidon Kremer,  Isabelle van Keulen  ... 
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