Isabelle Faust (born 1972 in Esslingen ) is a German violinist.
Her first violin lessons when she was at the age of five years. After training with Christoph Poppen and Dénes ZSIGMONDY she won the 1987 Leopold Mozart Competition in Augsburg. 1990 she was awarded the city of Rovigo the Premio Quadrivio. In 1993 she won the competition for the Premio Paganini in Genoa. In 1994 she was awarded the Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Thus began an international concert career with a large number of renowned orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. She first appeared in the United States had Isabelle Faust in 1995 when she performed together with the Utah Symphony Orchestra under Joseph Silverstein 's Violin Concerto No. 1 by Nicolo Paganini. Among the conductors with whom she has worked, were and are Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Michael Gielen, Heinz Holliger, Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons, Gary Bertini, Helmuth Rilling, James Levine and Claudio Abbado.
In early summer 2013, she completed a concert tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg Emmanuel Krivine under, most recently on July 13, 2013 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and on 14 July 2013, the Rheingau Musik Festival in Wiesbaden. They performed the Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64 (MWV O 14) by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.
Her repertoire encompasses the entire spectrum of violin literature. Their first CD recording of 1997, the Solo Violin Sonata and the Violin Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano by Béla Bartók, was awarded the Grammofonpreis Young Artist of the Year. Together with the Munich Chamber Orchestra under Christoph Poppen her teacher she played a complete violin concertos by Joseph Haydn. In 2002 she received for her recording of the Concerto funebre by Karl Amadeus Hartmann Cannes Classical Award. For Harmonia Mundi Isabelle Faust has played alongside important works of chamber music, the violin concertos by Dvořák, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Jolivet and Martinů. Multiple they made music together with the Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov. Both musicians is to certify a fruitful cooperation.
2004 Faust was appointed professor of violin at the University of Arts in Berlin. According to newspaper reports, it has now abandoned this professorship of time constraints. Inter alia they are up to 120 concerts a year.
Isabelle Faust plays the " Sleeping Beauty " Stradivarius of 1704, on loan from the L-Bank.
She is married and lives with her husband, whom she met during her seven- year stay in Paris, and their son at an early age in Berlin- Charlottenburg.