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
Brahms: Complete Piano Quartets / Faust, Giuranna, Meunier, Han
Release Date: 08/28/2012   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 930404   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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,  Juliette,  Eric Le Sage,  Jean Delescluse  ... 
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  • 28.
    Brahms: Horn Trio, Violin Sonata / Faust, Van Der Zwart, Melnikov
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901981 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Alexander Melnikov,  Theunis Van der Zwart
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  • 29.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    Martinu: Violin Concerto No 2, Serenade No 2, Etc / Faust, Belohlávek, Tiberghgien, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901951 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bohuslav Martinu
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust,  Cédric Tiberghien
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonia
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  • 33.
    Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Etc / Faust, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901944 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Alexander Melnikov,  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Jiri Belohlávek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Jolivet: Concerto Pour Violon;  Chausson / Faust, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901925 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Jolivet,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Isabelle Faust
    Conductor:  Marko Letonja
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    Janacek: Sonate Pour Violon Et Piano;  Et Al / Faust, Kupiec
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901793 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec,  Isabelle Faust
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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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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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
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Sehr lebhaft
II. Mit innigem Ausdruck
III. In mäßiger Bewegung
IV. Nicht zu rasch
I. In kräftigem, nicht zu schnellem Tempo
II. Langsam
III. Lebhaft, doch nicht schnell
I. Bewegt, doch nicht zu rasch
II. Ziemlich langsam
III. Rasch
IV. Kräftig, mit Humor
I. Vivace
II. Largo ma non tanto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio ma non tanto e dolce
III. Tempo di Allabreve
I. -
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. [Allegro]
II. Largo
III. Presto
I. [Allegro]
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
Sonata Op.10 No.6 in C Major: I. Allegro con fuoco
Sonata Op.10 No.6 in C Major: II. Largo
Sonata Op.10 No.6 in C Major: III. Polacca
Sonata Op.10 No.3 in G Major: I. Air Russe - Allegretto moderato
Sonata Op.10 No.3 in G Major: II. Rondo - Presto
Sonata Op.10 No.4 in E Flat Major: I. Moderato
Sonata Op.10 No.4 in E Flat Major: II. Rondo - Vivace
Quartet for violin, viola, violoncello and fortepiano, Op.8in B Flat Major: I. Allegro con fuoco
Quartet for violin, viola, violoncello and fortepiano, Op.8in B Flat Major: II. Adagio ma non troppo
Quartet for violin, viola, violoncello and fortepiano, Op.8in B Flat Major: III. Menuetto. Allegro
Quartet for violin, viola, violoncello and fortepiano, Op.8in B Flat Major: IV. Finale. Presto
Sonata Op.10 No.2 in G major: II. Adagio
Sonata Op.10 No.2 in G major: III. Air Polonais - Rondo Allegro
Sonata Op.10 No.5 in A Major: I. Tema dell'Opera Silvana - Andante con moto
Sonata Op.10 No.5 in A Major: II. Finale - Siciliano - Allegretto
Sonata op.10 No.1 in F Major: I. Allegro
Sonata op.10 No.1 in F Major: II. Romanze - Larghetto
Sonata op.10 No.1 in F Major: III. Rondo - Amabile
I. Adagio
II. Fuga. Allegro
III. Siciliana
IV. Presto
I. Allemanda
II. Double
III. Corrente
IV. Double
V. Sarabande
VI. Double
VII. Tempo di Borea
VIII. Double
I. Grave
II. Fuga
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo
III. Andante con moto
IV. Rondo alla zingarese
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro comodo
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Poco adagio
III. Scherzo: Poco allegro
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Andante - Allegretto
II. Allegro - Adagio
I. Allegro ma non troppo - Adagio
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegretto
III. Largo
I. Allegro non troppo
III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Scherzo: Allegro non troppo
III. Poco adagio
IV. Poco allegro
I. Allemanda
II. Corrente
III. Sarabanda
IV. Giga
V. Ciaccona
I. Adagio
II. Fuga
III. Largo
IV. Allegro assai
I. Preludio
II. Loure
III. Gavotte en Rondeau
IV. Menuet I - V. Menuet II
V. VI. Bourée
VI. VII. Gigue
Choses vues ŕ droite et ŕ gauche (sans lunettes): Choral hypocrite
Choses vues ŕ droite et ŕ gauche (sans lunettes): Fugue ŕ tâtons
Choses vues ŕ droite et ŕ gauche (sans lunettes): Fantaisie musculaire
I. Andante - Poco piů animato
II. Scherzo. Allegro - Molto meno Allegro
III. Adagio mesto
IV. Finale. Allegro con brio
I. Vivace ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato
I. Andante [Poco Allegro - Moderato/Andante]
II. Andante moderato
III. Poco allegro