Isabelle Faust

Biography

Born: 1972; Esslingen, Germany  
Isabelle Faust is one of the most impressive violinists of the generation that emerged in the 1990s. She is known for exceptional technique and strong interpretive instincts.

She began taking violin lessons when she was five years old. By the time she was in her teens, she studied with the teachers Denes Zsigmondy and Christoph Poppen.

She began entering major international competitions and in 1987 won the International Leopold
Read more Mozart Competition of Augsberg (Leopold Mozart's hometown). Although she was the youngest entrant, she won the First Prize. In 1990, the City of Rovigo granted her its Premio Quadrivio Prize.

In 1993, she entered the Paganini Competition of Genoa and took First Prize, becoming the first German violinist ever to win it.

A busy concert career ensued. Over the next few years, she appeared with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra under Lord Yehudi Menuhin, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, the German Chamber Philharmonic of Bremen, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Salzburg Camerata, the London Philharmonic, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Stuttgart, Cologne, Hannover, and Saarbrücken, and the orchestra of the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

She made her U.S. debut in 1995 with the Utah Symphony Orchestra under Joseph Silverstein.

Faust is also an avid recitalist and chamber musician and has performed in Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Paris, Bonn, Bratislava, Brussels, Zürich, Milan, Tokyo, London, and Osaka and locations in the United States and Israel. Among her recital partners have been Clemens Hagen, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Bruno Canino, Stephen Isserlis, Bruno Giuranna, Boris Pergamenschikov, and Joseph Silverstein.

She has appeared at several major music festivals, including the Lockenhaus, Bad Kissingen, Berlin, Delft, Colmar, Schleswig-Holstein, the Rheingau Music Festival of Wiesbaden, Schwetzingen, Lyon, Sarasota (Florida), and Lanaudičre Canada.

She made her debut album in 1997, playing the Bartók Solo Violin Sonata and Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, with Ewa Kupiec, on the Harmonia Mundi label. This recording won the Gramophone Award of that year for "Young Artist of the Year," citing her "combination of musical intuition and technical finesse. Harmonia Mundi followed that success by engaging her to record other Bartók violin music, including the Second Violin and Piano Sonata. She recorded the complete Haydn Violin Concertos on the PAN Classics label with the Munich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christoph Poppen (her former teacher), and planned to record the complete violin sonatas of Robert Schumann.

Her instrument, loaned by the Landeskreditbank Baden-Württemberg, is the Stradivarius violin of 1704 known as the "Sleeping Beauty Violin." Read less
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    Rolla: Duets for Violin & Viola / Faust, Riebl
    Label: Glossa   Catalog: GCDC80021 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alessandro Rolla
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Thomas Riebl
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    Haydn: Violin Concertos / Faust, Poppen, Munich Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Pan Classics   Catalog: 10353 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Christoph Poppen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Chamber Orchestra
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    Schumann: Cello Concerto & Piano Trio No. 1 / Queyras, Heras-Casado
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902197 Release Date: 04/01/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Isabelle Faust,  Alexander Melnikov
    Conductor:  Pablo Heras-Casado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburger Barockorchester
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    Brahms: Horn Trio, Op. 40 & Violin Sonata, Op. 78 / Faust, van der Zwart, Melnikov
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951981 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Teunis Van der Zwart,  Alexander Melnikov
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    J.S. Bach: Complete Violin Sonatas & Partitas / Isabelle Faust
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908474 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
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  • 6.
    Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 6
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26129 Release Date: 01/22/2016  
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 6
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 26129 Release Date: 01/22/2016  
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Tout Satie!: Erik Satie Complete Edition
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 553008 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Anne Queffélec,  Gabriel Tacchino,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Jean-Pierre Armengaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Marius Constant,  Michel Plasson,  Pierre Dervaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Ars Nova (Sweden)
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    Brahms: Volin Sonatas; F.A.E. Sonata / Faust, Melnikov
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902219 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Albert Dietrich,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Alexander Melnikov
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    Schumann: Piano Trio No 2, Piano Concerto / Melnikov, Queyras, Heras-Casado
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902198 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Alexander Melnikov,  Isabelle Faust,  Jean-Guihen Queyras
    Conductor:  Pablo Heras-Casado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
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    Schumann: Violin Concerto, Piano Trio / Faust, Queyras...
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902196 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Isabelle Faust,  Alexander Melnikov
    Conductor:  Pablo Heras-Casado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
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    Memorial Concert For Claudio Abbado
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20319 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Alban Berg,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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    Memorial Concert For Claudio Abbado [blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10319 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Alban Berg,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Andris Nelsons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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    Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Trio Op.65 [cd+2015 Catalogue]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2901833 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Alexander Melnikov,  Jean-Guihen Queyras
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia
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    Hindemith: Sonatas for… / Melnikov, Faust...
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 905271 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Alexander Melnikov,  Theunis Van der Zwart,  Alexander Rudin,  Gerard Costes  ... 
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    Moderne
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908710 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Francis Poulenc,  Maurice Ravel,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Ronald Van Spaendonck,  Eric Le Sage  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrea Quinn
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    Lancino: Violin Concerto, Prelude & Death Of Virgil / Faust, Monti, Tamayo, Schwarz
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 573204 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thierry Lancino
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Matteo de Monti
    Conductor:  Arturo Tamayo,  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra,  French National Orchestra
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    Brahms: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94860 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 58
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Cécile Ousset,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Emmy Verhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Günther Herbig,  Heinz Bongartz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Piano Trios Op 70 No 2,
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902125 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Alexander Melnikov
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    Brahms - Romanticism & Formal Genius
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908401 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Alessandro Carbonare,  Luc Héry,  Florence Binder,  Nicolas Böne  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe,  Kent Nagano,  Jiri Belohlávek,  Daniel Harding  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra,  La Chapelle Royale Paris  ... 
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  • 21.
    Brahms: Complete Chamber Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94381 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Isabelle Faust,  Bruno Giuranna,  Alain Meunier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandis String Quartet,  Tokyo String Quartet,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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  • 22.
    Bartok: Violin Concertos No 1 & 2 / Isabelle Faust, Daniel Harding, Swedish Radio Symphony
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902146 Release Date: 08/13/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Bach: Complete Orchestral Works / Helmuth Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98009 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc,  Christoph Poppen,  Isabelle Faust,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra,  Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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  • 24.
    Janacek: Violin Sonata; Lutoslawski: Partita; Szymanowski: Mythes
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951793 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Ewa Kupiec
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    Weber: Violin Sonatas; Piano Quartet / I & B Faust, Schmidt,  Melnikov
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902108 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Alexander Melnikov,  Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt,  Boris Faust
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