After winning the Leopold Mozart Competition in Augsburg and the Paganini Competition in Italy at an early age, Isabelle Faust quickly became a welcome guest with leading orchestras. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary music, and her extensive musicological knowledge sets her apart as a performer. Faust collaborated often with the late Claudio Abbado, under whose baton the violinist made award-winning recordings of the Beethoven and Berg violin concertos. Since 2016, she has been a regular partner of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, founded by Abbado.
She is a welcome guest with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, having worked with such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding, Bernard Haitink and Andris Nelsons.
Faust is no stranger to chamber music either. With her regular duo partner Alexander Melnikov, she has made several award-winning CD recordings.
Faust plays a Stradivarius built in 1704. She made one earlier solo appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, performing the Mendelssohn violin concerto under the direction of Daniel Harding in the Swiss city of Lucerne in 2015.