ISABELLE FAUST, violin, and ALEXANDER MELNIKOV, piano
Isabelle Faust is one of Europe's most distinguished violinists, a prodigious talent who has won five-star reviews for her concert performances and recordings alike. 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. After winning the prestigious Leopold Mozart and Paganini competitions early in her career, she 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, having worked with renowned conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Mariss Jansons, Giovanni Antonini, Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding and Bernard Haitink.
Her recording of the Beethoven and Berg violin concertos with the late Claudio Abbado and Orchestra Mozart received a Diapason d'or'(France), Echo Klassik (Germany), Gramophone Award 2012 (UK) and the Record Academy Award (Japan). Faust has made over a dozen critically-acclaimed recordings for Harmonia Mundi, spanning concertos, quartets, quintets and solo recitals. I n 2010, her recording of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin was awarded a Diapason d'Or de l'Annee. She also won a Diapason d'Or and a Gramophone Award for her recording of Beethoven's Sonatas for Piano and Violin with recital partner Alexander Melnikov.
Alexander Melnikov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Naumov. His most formative musical moments in Moscow include his early encounter with Svjatoslav Richter, who thereafter regularly invited him to festivals in Russia and France. As a soloist, Melnikov has performed with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Philadelphia Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, HR-Sinfonieorchester, Russian National Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and the NHK Symphony, under conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Teodor Currentzis, Charles Dutoit, Paavo Järvi, Philippe Herreweghe and Valery Gergiev. His recording of the complete Preludes and Fugues by Shostakovich was awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award, Choc de classica and the Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and was also named by the BBC Music Magazine as one of the '50 Greatest Recordings of All Time'.