Beijing Guitar Duo
“Her sound has passion, grit and electricity but also a disarming warmth and sweetness
that can unveil the music’s hidden strains of lyricism”
New York Times
Isabelle Faust captivates her listeners both with an interpretation based on a thorough knowledge of the historical context of the works she performs, as well as with faithful renditions based on current scholarship.
After winning the prestigious Leopold Mozart and Paganini competitions at an early age, she was soon invited to appear with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo.
Isabelle Faust performs repertoire ranging from the works of J. S. Bach to contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Lachenmann, and Widmann. Always exploring new musical horizons, she is equally at home as a chamber musician or as a soloist with major orchestras or period ensembles. In addition to the great symphonic violin concertos, Isabelle Faust also performs such works as György Kurtág's "Kafka Fragments" with the soprano Christine Schäfer, or Johannes Brahms' and W.A. Mozart's clarinet quintets on historical instruments with her chamber music colleagues.
Over the course of her career, Isabelle Faust has had the opportunity to regularly perform or record with such conductors as Frans Brüggen, Mariss Jansons, Giovanni Antonini, Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding and Bernard Haitink.
She developed a particularly close relationship with Claudio Abbado in the past years. She performed under his baton in multiple countries and recorded the Beethoven and Alban Berg violin concertos with the Orchestra Mozart (harmonia mundi). This recording received several awards, such as the "Diapason d'or", an "Echo Klassik", the "Gramophone Award 2012" and the Japanese "Record Academy Award".
She has made several recordings for harmonia mundi with her recital partner Alexander Melnikov, including the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin. This recording was awarded the Diapason d’Or and the Gramophone Award. Her CDs of J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin won a Diapason d’Or de l'Annee in 2010.
Isabelle Faust plays the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Stradivarius (1704), kindly loaned to her by the L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.
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BACH: Violin Concerto - mvmt. I. Allegro
BEETHOVEN: Sonata No. 2, Op. 12
BARTOK: Violin Concerto No. 1 - mvmt. II. Allegro Giocoso
BERG: Violin Concerto