Isabelle Faust

Isabelle Faust

Isabelle Faust captivates her audience with her compelling interpretations. She dives deep into every piece considering the musical historical context, historically appropriate instruments and the greatest possible authenticity according to a contemporary state of knowledge. Thus, she manages to constantly illuminate and passionately perform the repertoire of a wide variety of composers.

After winning the renowned Leopold Mozart Competition and the Paganini Competition at a very young age, she soon gave regular performances with the world’s major orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Baroque Orchestra Freiburg. This led to close and sustained cooperation with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Giovanni Antonini, Frans Brüggen, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Andris Nelsons and Robin Ticciati.

Isabelle Faust’s vast artistic curiosity includes all eras and forms of instrumental cooperation. Thus, she never considers music as an end in itself but rather advances the piece’s essence in a devoted, subtle and conscientious way. In addition to big symphonic violin concertos, this includes Schubert’s Octet with historical instruments as well as György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments with Anna Prohaska and Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with Dominique Horwitz. With great commitment she renders an outstanding service to the performance of contemporary music. Premieres of Péter Eötvös, Brett Dean, Ondřej Adámek and Oscar Strasnoy are in preparation for the upcoming seasons.

Numerous recordings have been unanimously praised by critics and awarded the Diapason d’or, the Grammophone Award and the Choc de l’année among other prizes. The most recent recordings include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Concertos with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s Violin Concerto with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado. In 2018, a recording of Bach’s Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord was released, recorded with Kristian Bezuidenhout. Isabelle Faust presented further popular recordings among others of the Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo by Bach as well as Violin Concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven and Alban Berg under the direction of Claudio Abbado.

She shares a long-standing chamber music partnership with the pianist Alexander Melnikov. Together they have recorded sonatas for piano and violin by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms, among others.