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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
Beethoven: Piano Trios Op 70 No 2,
Release Date: 02/11/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902125   Number of Discs: 1
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Fauré: Sonatas For Violin & Piano / Faust, Boffard
Release Date: 07/08/2008   Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord  
Catalog: 1951741   Number of Discs: 1
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Lancino: Violin Concerto, Prelude & Death Of Virgil / Faust, Monti, Tamayo, Schwarz
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 573204   Number of Discs: 1
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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol 1 / Isabelle Faust
Release Date: 05/11/2010   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902059   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven, Berg: Violin Concertos / Isabelle Faust, Claudio Abbado
Release Date: 02/14/2012   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 902105   Number of Discs: 1
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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:  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Alexandre Tharaud,  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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • 11.
    Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol 2 / Isabelle Faust
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902124 Release Date: 09/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
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    Brahms: Complete Piano Quartets / Faust, Giuranna, Meunier, Han
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 930404 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Bruno Giuranna,  Alain Meunier,  Isabelle Faust,  Derek Han
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    Beethoven, Berg: Violin Concertos / Isabelle Faust, Claudio Abbado
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902105 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Mozart
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    Shostakovich: Piano Concerto, Violin Sonata / Alexander Melnikov, Isabelle Faust
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902104 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Alexander Melnikov,  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Teodor Currentzis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Violin Sonatas & Concertos Of Beethoven, Schubert, Bartok, Martinu / Isabelle Faust
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908454 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Béla Bartók,  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Alexander Melnikov,  Ewa Kupiec
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Brahms: Violin Concerto, String Sextet No 2 / Faust, Harding, Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902075 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Stefan Fehlandt,  Julia Maria Kretz,  Pauline Sachse  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
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    Bartok: Violin Sonatas / Isabelle Faust
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 508334 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Florent Boffard,  Isabelle Faust,  Ewa Kupiec
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    Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol 1 / Isabelle Faust
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902059 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
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    Beethoven: Complete Sonatas For Piano & Violin / Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902025 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Alexander Melnikov
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  • 20.
    Mendelssohn, Enescu: Octets For Strings / Tetzlaff, Faust, Weithaas, Batiashvili
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553163 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  George Enescu
    Performer:  Quirine Viersen,  Rachel Roberts,  Christian Tetzlaff,  Tanja Tetzlaff  ... 
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    Satie: Avant-Derničres Pensées - Solos & Duos / Alexandre Tharaud
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 902017 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erik Satie
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Jean Delescluse,  Isabelle Faust,  David Guerrier  ... 
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  • 22.
    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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    Brahms: Sextet, Piano Quintet / Vogt, Tetzlaff, Et Al
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553049 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Hanna Weinmeister,  Lars Vogt,  Christian Tetzlaff,  Gustav Rivinius  ... 
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    Fauré: Sonatas For Violin & Piano / Faust, Boffard
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951741 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Florent Boffard
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    Romantische Leseabende
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98247 Release Date: 03/30/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giacomo Puccini,  Robert Schumann,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Yevgeny Koroliov,  Dirk Altmann,  Florian Henschel,  Ivan Moravec  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Strub,  Iona Brown,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arcata Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Verdi Quartet
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