Isabelle Faust

German Violinist (b.1972, Stuttgart)

Isabelle Faust is a German violinist with a passion for contemporary music. She has also performed a wide variety of chamber music.

At the age of 11 Isabelle Faust founded a string quartet, which enabled her to interact with music as a “dialogue” and “exchange of ideas”. She went on to study with Christoph Poppen, a member of the Cherubini Quartet, and won the Leopold Mozart Competition at only 15.  In 1993, she won the Paganini Competition in Genoa. 

Isabelle Faust began her career in France, where she discovered the work of Fauré and Debussy and recorded the sonatas of Janacek, Bartok and Szymanowski. She also recorded two major romantic concertos, the Dvorak in 2003 and the Beethoven in 2007.  Isabelle Faust specialized in performing works by contemporary composers such as Olivier Messiaen, Jörg Widmann, Gÿorgy Ligeti, André Jolivet. Thomas Larcher and Michel Jarrell have all dedicates compositions to her. 

Isabelle Faust has collaborated with pianist Alexander Melnikov on numerous occasions, she has also worked with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and clarinettist Sharon Kam. She has performed with a wide range of orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris, with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Mariss Jansons and Daniel Harding. She plays on the 1704 “Sleeping Beauty” Stradivarius. 

Six Landmark Dates in the Life of Isabelle Faust 

• 1987 : Won the Leopold Mozart Competition (in Augsburg)
 • 1997 : Was Awarded the Gramophone Award for her recording of Bartok's Sonatas
 • 1993 : Won the Paganini Competition in Genoa
 • 2009 : Premiered works by Thomas Larcher and Michael Jarrell, of which she is the dedicatee
 • 2009 : Performed as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic
 • 2010 : Was awarded the Diapason d’or for her recordings of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas 

Six Key Recordings 

• 2004 : Concerto for Violin, op. 53 and Trio op. 65, Dvorak, with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted Jiri Belohlavek (Harmonia Mundi Classique)
 • 2009 : Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Beethoven, with Alexander Melnikov on piano (Harmonia Mundi)
 • 2011 : Concerto for Violon – String sextet n°2 op. 36, Brahms, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding (Harmonia Mundi Classique)
 • 2012 : Concerto for Violon To the Memory of an Angel, Berg  – Concerto for violon op. 61, Beethoven, with the Mozart Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado (Harmonia Mundi Classique)
 • 2012 : Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001-1003), Bach  (Harmonia Mundi Classique)
 • 2013 : Concertos for violon, Bartok, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding (Harmonia Mundi Classique)