Mend VC Faust

February 15 – Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
February 16 – Friday at 11:00 a.m.*
February 16 – Friday at 8:00 p.m.
February 17 – Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Guest Artist

Isabelle Faust

German violinist Isabelle Faust is acclaimed for her artistry, technique and interpretive instincts. She made her Cleveland Orchestra debut in July 2014.

Ms. Faust performs regularly across Europe and in North America. Her appearances have included engagements with the orchestras of Berlin, Boston, Hamburg, London, Munich, Netherlands, Paris, and Tokyo, as well as with the Salzburg Camerata and Mozarteum Orchestra, and with many of the BBC orchestras of Great Britain and ensembles throughout Germany. She made her United States debut in 1995.

Ms. Faust is both a student of historical technique and an advocate of new music. She has given premieres of works by Werner Egk, Michael Jarrell, Thomas Larcher, Olivier Messiaen, and Jörg Widmann, and has also revisited works by Morton Feldman, György Ligeti, Luigi Nono, and Giacinto Scelsi. In future seasons, she is scheduled to premiere new concertos for violin and orchestra by Ondrej Adamek, Beat Furrer, Oscar Strasnoy, and Marco Stroppa.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Isabelle Faust has performed throughout Europe, Israel, Japan, and the United States, including festival appearances at Bad Kissingen, Colmar, Delft, Lanaudière Canada, Lyon, Rheingau, Sarasota, Schleswig-Holstein, and Schwetzingen. Her musical partners include Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Bruno Canino, Bruno Giuranna, Clemens Hagen, Stephen Isserlis, Boris Pergamenschikov, and Joseph Silverstein.

Pianist Alexander Melnikov also performs with Ms. Faust in concerts and recordings. Their Harmonia Mundi album of the complete Beethoven sonatas received an Echo Klassik Award, Gramophone Award, and a Grammy nomination. Her discography also features works by Bach, Bartók, Berg, Dvořák, Haydn, Janácek, Schumann, and Szymanowski, which have been honored with Diapason d’Or, Diapason d’Or de l’Annee, and a Japanese Record Academy award.

Isabelle Faust began violin lessons at age five, and as a teenager studied with Denes Zsigmondy and Christoph Poppen. In 1987, she won the International Leopold Mozart Competition of Augsberg. In 1990, Rovigo awarded her its Premio Quadrivio Prize, and in 1993 she received first prize in the Paganini Competition of Genoa.

Isabelle Faust performs on the 1704 “Sleeping Beauty” Stradivarius violin, on loan to her from Germany’s L-Bank Baden-Württemberg. She teaches violin at the Berlin University of the Arts.