Biography

Isabelle Faust

Current as of August 2022

Isabelle Faust inspires her audiences through first-class performances characterized by profundity and intensity. She approaches each work with respect for and understanding of its musical context and its authentic instrumentation. Thanks to her fine sense of style, she strikes the perfect balance between remaining as faithful as possible to a work in its original form, and making it comprehensible to present-day audiences.  

Since Isabelle Faust’s youthful experiences as a prizewinner in the International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart, and the Premio Paganini in Genoa, she has appeared regularly with the most prestigious orchestras in the world, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. This has resulted in close and long-lasting collaborations with conductors including Claudio Abbado, Giovanni Antonini, Frans Brüggen, François-Xavier Roth, John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe, Andris Nelsons and Robin Ticciati.  

Isabelle Faust’s artistic curiosity encompasses all epochs and musical forms. As well as performances of the great symphonic violin concertos, her career highlights have included interpretations of Schubert’s Octet on original instruments, György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments with Anna Prohaska and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat with Dominique Horwitz. In addition, she has long been a notable interpreter of contemporary music. Works she has recently premiered include compositions by Peter Eötvös, Brett Dean and Ondřej Adámek.  

Her numerous recordings have been acclaimed by critics and won prizes such as the Diapason d’Or, the Gramophone Classical Music Award and the Choc de l’année du Monde de la Musique, and include among others Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor op. 64, Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo sonatas and partitas for violin, and the violin concertos of Ludwig van Beethoven and Alban Berg. She has also released several joint albums with the pianist Alexander Melnikov, with whom she has had a chamber-music partnership for many years. Recent recordings include Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Pablo Heras-Casado and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and Arnold Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.  

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