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15.-18.12.2022 Chrëschtdag

26 April 2019

Mutual Curiosity

von Christoph Gaiser

Isabelle Faust in conversation with Christoph Gaiser

Since 2012 you have appeared six times at the Philharmonie Luxembourg and have toured with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg as well. Is there one among those concerts in Luxembourg 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 attentive, and behind the stage one is very well taken care of and comfortable. The fact that the artist spends quite a bit of time in the hall and the dressing rooms is often overlooked, and that backstage conditions make a huge difference for the subsequent concert. The Philharmonie Luxembourg is exemplary in this regard! Of all the beautiful concerts there, I enjoy remembering the Schubert Octet, for example.

Schubert: Oktett F-Dur | 08.06.2012 | Photo: Sébastien Grébille Schubert: Oktett F-Dur | 08.06.2012 | Photo: Sébastien Grébille

It was the first time we were all playing on historic instruments; some of my string-playing colleagues had never played on gut strings before. It was a very intriguing and happy event, which opened new sound perspectives to us.

A residency always aims for a more intense connection with the local musicians, but also with the audience. The connection arises from a give and take; 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 given the opportunity to encounter that artist in very different programmes and formations. During my residency, I will perform some rarely-heard works, but only my «coups de cœur». For example, some members of the audience will surely hear the Westhoff Sonatas for the first time. Ideally, curiosity about the musician should be transformed into curiosity about the music I have chosen. 

I always try to introduce music lovers to a musical treasure trove that is as large and varied as I can make it, to sustain an open-mindedness for unknown works (or unknown details in familiar works). My extraordinary musician friends help me accomplish this. It is a great honour for me that they have all agreed to join me.

During your residency, you will perform with the orchestra and also play several chamber music works in a smaller formation. Which of the works scheduled for Luxembourg is the most challenging for you? And which are you looking forward to most?

Oh, all of these programmes are so beautiful! 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 perform it so far.

Concerts

  • 15.12.2019 19:00, Grands classiques

    Concertgebouworkest / Iván Fischer / Isabelle Faust / Tabea Zimmermann

    Has already taken place

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Iván Fischer direction
    Isabelle Faust violon
    Tabea Zimmermann alto

    Two German soloists and a Dutch orchestra, a programme listing the Italian Rossini and the Austrians Mozart and Haydn, and all this under the baton of a Hungarian conductor: if the concert on December 15 celebrates anything, it is musical Europe in all its diversity and richness. Following a well-known opera overture, violinist Isabelle Faust – appearing as Artist in Residence for the first time this season – will perform Mozart’s rarely-heard Sinfonia concertante together with violist Tabea Zimmerman. Following another overture equalling the first in fame and mastery, Haydn’s Symphony No. 102, originally premiered in London in 1795, closes the evening.

  • 29.04.2020 20:00, Soirées de musique de chambre

    Faust / Queyras / Tamestit / Poltéra / Schreiber / Waskiewicz

    Cancelled!

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

    NOTE:Due to the current situation concerning COVID-19, we have cancelled all concerts up to and including Sunday 10.05.2020. Guided tours, workshops and all further events had to be cancelled as well.

    We will contact all concerned clients with information regarding the respective concert and refunds. Reimbursement proceedings are expected to require a certain amount of time, therefore we would kindly like to ask for your patience and understanding.

    We will of course keep you informed in case the situation might lead to further changes regarding concerts beyond the given date. We appreciate your understanding, thank you for your support and hope to see you again soon at the Philharmonie!

    The Philharmonie team

  • 14.05.2020 20:00, Grands rendez-vous

    Gustavo Gimeno / Isabelle Faust / OPL

    None There is a résonances event linked to this concert Cancelled!

    Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg
    Gustavo Gimeno direction
    Isabelle Faust violon

    NOTE:Due to the current situation concerning COVID-19, we have cancelled all events up to the end of the current season 2019/20. This concerns concerts, workshops, guided tours and all further events.

    We will contact all concerned clients with information regarding the respective concert and refunds. Reimbursement proceedings are expected to require a certain amount of time, therefore we would kindly like to ask for your patience and understanding.

    We will of course keep you informed in case the situation might lead to further changes regarding concerts beyond the given date. We appreciate your understanding, thank you for your support and hope to see you again soon at the Philharmonie!

    The Philharmonie team

    Ce concert sera enregistré par radio 100.7 et retransmis le 10 juin 2020.

  • 20.05.2020 20:00, Voyage dans le temps – musique ancienne et baroque

    Isabelle Faust / Kristian Bezuidenhout

    Cancelled!

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

    NOTE:Due to the current situation concerning COVID-19, we have cancelled all events up to the end of the current season 2019/20. This concerns concerts, workshops, guided tours and all further events.

    We will contact all concerned clients with information regarding the respective concert and refunds. Reimbursement proceedings are expected to require a certain amount of time, therefore we would kindly like to ask for your patience and understanding.

    We will of course keep you informed in case the situation might lead to further changes regarding concerts beyond the given date. We appreciate your understanding, thank you for your support and hope to see you again soon at the Philharmonie!

    The Philharmonie team