Isabelle Faust

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Isabelle Faust (born 1972 in Esslingen, Germany) is a violinist who has won multiple awards.


Faust received her first violin lessons at the age of five years.[1] She trained with Christoph Poppen and Dénes Zsigmondy. After winning the Paganini Competition she lived for nine years in France, where she met her husband.[2] In 2004 she was appointed professor of violin at the Berlin University of the Arts. She lives in Berlin and is the mother of a teenage son.[1] Since 1996,[1] she has performed on the "Sleeping Beauty" Stradivarius violin of 1704, on loan from Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.[3] She has also performed with Baroque-style violins and bows.[2]

Faust has performed as guest soloist with most of the world's major orchestras. In addition to the recordings listed under "Awards and Prizes," she has recorded works of Antonín Dvořák, Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms (including the Violin Concerto), Alban Berg, Bohuslav Martinů, André Jolivet and others. She is a proponent of new music and has given world premieres of works by, among others, Olivier Messiaen, Werner Egk, and Jörg Widmann.[3]

Awards and Prizes[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Klänge für den Weltraum: Die Geigerin Isabelle Faust zieht bei Bach nicht vom Leder, sondern beschwört seine Gedankenkraft," Zeit Online, URL=
  3. ^ a b "Arts Management Group". Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
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  6. ^ "Isabelle Faust (violinist)". Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  7. ^ "Impresariat Simmenauer - Violin - Isabelle Faust - Biography". Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  8. ^ "Gramophone Awards 2010 unveiled". 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2013-06-15.