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04 June 2021

Mutual Curiosity

von Lydia Rilling

Artist in residence
Isabelle Faust

Isabelle Faust in conversation with Christoph Gaiser (2019) and Lydia Rilling


Since 2012 you have appeared seven times at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. Is there one among those concerts which you remember in particular?

I have always felt very at home here, both in the main and the smaller hall. The acoustics are excellent in both cases, the audience is very atten- tive, and behind the stage one is very well taken care of and comfortable. I enjoy remembering the Schubert Octet, for example. It was the first time we were all playing on historic instruments. It was a very intriguing and happy concert, which opened new sound perspectives to my colleagues.

A residency always aims for a more intense connection with the listeners. What would you wish for from the Luxembourg audience in this regard?

I think it can be a chance for the audience to understand a musician and his intentions better and with greater differentiation if it can encounter that artist in very different programmes and formations. Ideally, curiosity about the musician should be transformed into curiosity about the music I have chosen.

Which of the works scheduled for Luxembourg are you looking forward to most?

It is truly impossible to single out one of these fantastic works! They are indeed all favourite pieces of mine… Perhaps I am particularly looking forward to the evening of Bach and Westhoff, since we have not had so many opportunities to programme it so far.

The past year has almost brought cultural life to a standstill. Has this year changed you as an artist?

The year of the coronavirus was a great challenge for all of us, especially the artists and freelance artists. Many saw craters suddenly opening and threatening their existence; some were actually forced to give up their art. Even a year later, the situation remains precarious and the future uncertain. For me personally this was a very depressing year, as the role of music was questioned and doubted in many different ways, and I also had ample opportunity to question and examine the necessity of the arts and music in our society. During this time, my conviction that music must have a fixed and important place in our lives has only grown, and that every musician should take their role as ambassador even more seriously than they have done so far. Every single one of the few concerts in the presence of an audience that were possible during this time of corona has only strengthened my conviction.


Cover photo: Felix Broede


  • 27.09.2021 19:30, Soirées de musique de chambre

    Isabelle Faust & Friends – «Verklärte Nacht»

    Has already taken place

    Isabelle Faust, Anne Katharina Schreiber violon
    Timothy Ridout, Danusha Waskiewicz alto
    Jean-Guihen Queyras, Christian Poltéra violoncelle

    Mit einem eindrucksvollen Bogen durch die Musikgeschichte eröffnet die Geigerin Isabelle Faust am 27.09. die Saison als Artist in residence an der Philharmonie. Zusammen mit ihren vertrauten Kammermusikpartnern Anne Katharina Schreiber, Timothy Ridout, Danusha Waskiewicz, Jean-Guihen Queyras und Christian Poltera interpretiert sie zwei Kompositionen, die je gleichzeitig als Schlüsselund als Ausnahmewerke einer Gattung gelten, nämlich Ludwig van Beethovens Streichquintett c-moll und Arnold Schönbergs Streichsextett Verklärte Nacht, und nimmt gleichsam Anfang und Ende der musikalischen Romantik beziehungsreich in den Blick.

    Für dieses Konzert ist für alle Besucher ab sechs Jahren eine Zugangsberechtigung via CovidCheck erforderlich. Weitere Informationen

  • 25.02.2022 19:00, Aventure+

    Aventure+ | Isabelle Faust / Gustavo Gimeno / OPL

    The sale begins on 26.01.2022 at 10.00.

    Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
    Gustavo Gimeno direction
    Isabelle Faust violon

    Ebenso sinnliche wie packende Klangwelten von drei musikalischen Individualisten lassen das OPL, Gustavo Gimeno und Artist in Residence Isabelle Faust am 25.02. im Grand Auditorium erleben: Benjamin Britten, Henri Dutilleux und Maurice Ravel. Brittens Violinkonzert, entstanden auf dem Weg des Komponisten ins Exil in den USA, ist ebenso reich an dramatischen Gegensätzen wie an nuancenreichen Klangentdeckungen, wie sie auch Dutilleux’ Erste Symphonie charakterisieren, die an diesem Abend auf Ravels vielschichtige und hintersinnige La Valse folgt, bevor die Solistin des Abends das Publikum mitnimmt auf intime und persönliche Klangreisen ganz im Sinne von «Aventure+».

    Dieses Konzert findet unter dem Reglement von CovidCheck 2G+ (geimpft oder genesen) für Besucher ab 19 Jahren und 3G+ (geimpft, genesen oder negativ getestet) für Besucher im Alter von 12 Jahren und 2 Monaten bis zur Vollendung des 18. Lebensjahres statt. Bei Ihrem Aufenthalt in der Philharmonie müssen Sie ab 6 Jahren eine Maske tragen, auch während der Dauer des gesamten Konzerts. Weitere Informationen

  • 12.05.2022 19:30, Voyage dans le temps – musique ancienne et baroque

    Faust / Bezuidenhout / von der Goltz / Kenny

    The sale begins on 15.03.2022 at 10.00.

    Isabelle Faust violon
    Kristin von der Goltz violoncelle
    Elizabeth Kenny théorbe
    Kristian Bezuidenhout clavecin