Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Having founded a string quartet when she was just 11, Isabelle Faust's early chamber music experiences established her appreciation for the shared experience of performance and for the exchange of musical ideas. An award-winning violinist from the start, Ms. Faust won the 1987 Leopold Mozart Competition and 1993 Paganini Competition. In 2003, she released her first recording of a major Romantic work for orchestra, the Dvorák Violin Concerto. Ms. Faust has had musical collaborations with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and others. She and her duet partner, pianist Alexander Melnikov, received the ECHO Klassik Award and the Gramophone Award, and were nominated for a Grammy, for their recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas.
Moscow native Alexander Melnikov performed Rachmaninov's First Piano Concerto at the age of 12 and was heavily influenced by Sviatoslav Richter; his involvement with historically informed performances continues to play an important role in his repertoire. Mr. Melnikov's recording of the Shostakovich cycle, released in 2010, was named by BBC Music Magazine as one of the 50 greatest recordings of all time. Mr. Melnikov is also active in chamber music, partnering with pianists, cellists and a wind quintet. As a soloist, he has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra and others.