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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
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  • 26.
    Schubert: Sonate D 574, Rondo Op 70, Etc / Faust, Melnikov
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901870 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Alexander Melnikov,  Isabelle Faust
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  • 27.
    Century Vol 20 - Music Of Today
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908182 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ohana,  György Ligeti,  Pierre Boulez,  Luciano Berio  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Josčphe Jude,  Lawrence Power,  Philippe Bernold,  Alexandre Tharaud  ... 
    Conductor:  Luciano Berio,  Josep Pons,  Kent Nagano,  Paul Hillier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musique Vivante Ensemble,  Chorale Experimentale,  Barcelona Teatre Lliure Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Dvorák: Cello Concerto, Etc / Queyras, Belohlávek, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901867 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Alexander Melnikov,  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia
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    Dvorak: Concerto Pour Violon, Etc / Faust, Queyras, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901833 Release Date: 12/14/2004   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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  • 30.
    Hartmann: Funčbre - Concerto Funčbre, 4th Symphony, Etc
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 465779 Release Date: 10/31/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Performer:  Gernot Süssmuth,  Paul Meyer,  Friedemann Weigle,  Hans-Jacob Eschenburg  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph Poppen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Petersen String Quartet,  Munich Chamber Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Schumann: Sonatas For Violin & Piano 1-3 / Faust, Avenhaus
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999597 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Silke Avenhaus
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  • 32.
    Edition Bachakademie Vol 130 - Harpsichord Concertos Iv
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92130 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robert Levin,  Jean-Claude Gérard,  Isabelle Faust,  Mario Videla  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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  • 33.
    Edition Bachakademie Vol 138 - Reconstructed Violin Concertos
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92138 Release Date: 07/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Muriel Cantoreggi,  Christoph Poppen,  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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  • 34.
    Edition Bachakademie Vol 125 - Violin Concertos Bwv 1041-1043
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92125 Release Date: 02/29/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Christoph Poppen
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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