Isabelle Faust captivates her listeners through her insightful and faithful interpretations, based on a thorough knowledge of the historical context of the works as well as her attention to current scholarship. At an early age, she won the prestigious Leopold Mozart and Paganini competitions and 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. She continues to be one of the most sought-after violinists in the world.
Isabelle Faust performs a wide-ranging repertoire, from J. S. Bach to contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Lachenmann, and Widmann. She takes a keen interest in all forms of western music, ranging from small chamber formats and concertos to original instruments to bring her listeners all the shades and timbres of the original works. She is a remarkable interpreter of the great violin concertos who also makes room for works such as Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments with soprano Christine Schäfer or performances of Brahms’ and Mozart’s clarinet quintets on historical instruments with her chamber ensemble.
She takes a keen interest in diverse forms of western music, ranging from small chamber formats and concertos to historical instruments to share with her listeners all the colours of the original works. She is a remarkable performer of the great violin concertos while also taking time for Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments with soprano Christina Schäfer
Over the course of her career, Isabelle Faust has regularly performed or recorded with world-renowned conductors, including Frans Brüggen, Mariss Jansons, Giovanni Antonini, Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding, and Bernard Haitink.
During recent years Isabelle Faust developed a close relationship with the late Claudio Abbado and performed and recorded under his baton. Their recording of Beethoven’s and Berg’s violin concertos with the Orchestra Mozart received a “Diapason d'or” (France), “Echo Klassik” (Germany), “Gramophone Award 2012” (UK) and “Record Academy Award” (Japan).
Faust has recorded many discs for harmonia mundi with her recital partner, Alexander Melnikov. These include their latest album with the Brahms Sonatas for violin and piano, which will be released in September 2015. In addition, the second installment of the Schumann Trilogy—recorded with Alexander Melnikov, Jean-Guihen Queyras, the Freiburger Barockorchester, and Pablo Heras-Casado featuring the Piano Concerto and Piano Trio No. 2 op. 63—will be issued in August 2015. The third and final installment, with the Cello Concerto and Piano Trio No. 1, will be released in spring 2016.
Isabelle Faust plays the “Sleeping Beauty” Stradivarius (1704), kindly on loan from the L-Bank in Baden-Württemberg (Germany).