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March 19
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1799 - Premiere of Haydn's The Creation in Vienna.

1873 - Birth of German composer, pianist and organist Max Reger in Bavaria.

1892 - Premiere of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite composer conducting, at a Russian Musical Society concert in St. Petersburg.

1896 - Premiere of Antonin Dvorák's Cello Concerto in b, Op. 104. London Philharmonic conducted by the composer, Leo Stern soloist at London's Queens Hall.

1910 - Premire of Bela Bartók's String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7. Waldbauer Quartet in Budapest.

1998 - Premiere of Robert X. Rodriguez's Sinfonia a la Mariachi by the San Antonio Symphony, Christopher Wilkins conducting.
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Isabelle Faust
Isabelle Faust was born March 19, 1972 in Germany.

After completing her studies with Christoph Poppen and Dčnes Zsigmondy, Isabelle Faust won the Leopold Mozart Competition in Augsburg in 1987. Following that she won first prize at the Premio Paganini in Genoa in 1993, and in 1997 she was awarded the coveted Gramophone “Young Artist of the Year” Award.
Isabelle Faust has performed with some of the most prestigious international orchestras, including the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Orchestre de Paris, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Orchestra, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra.  Faust has also toured in Japan.  She has performed with such renowned conductors such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Michael Gielen, Mark Janowski, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Berglund, Gary Bertini, Ingo Metzmacher and Marko Letonja.

Faust does not limit herself to performing only a limited number of works from just a few periods.  Her repertoire includes everthing from the Beethoven Violin Concerto to contemporary works by Morton Feldman, György Ligeti, and Michael Beyer.  Faust has given the premiere performances of violin concertos by Jörg Widmann (which is dedicated to her) and Werner Egk, and the German premiere of the André Jolivet violin concerto. 

Faust not only performs with large orchestras, she is very committed to chamber ensembles as well.  She frequently undertakes recital tours and performs at international chamber music festivals.  She has performed with such artists as Florent Boffard, Clemens Hagen, Steven Isserlis, Alexander Melinkov, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt and Tabea Zimmermann.

Isabelle Faust has recorded extenslvely.  Not only has she recorded violin concertos by Franz Joseph Haydn and Johann Sebastian Bach, and sonatas by Robert Schumann, Faust has also recorded works by more contemporary composers such as Béla Bartňk and Gabriel Fauré.  And her work is consistently praised by critics.  In 1997 Faust received the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award for her recordings of Bartók's sonatas.  The New York Times praised her recording of works by Lutoslawski, Szymanowski and Janacek as “one of the best classical CDs of 2003.” She received the  Cannes Classical Award in 2002.

Many artists are privileged to play instruments owned by others and lent to them.  Isabelle Faust plays the “Sleeping Beauty” Stradivari violin from 1704, which is owned by the L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.
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