was born in Moscow in 1973 and began his music studies at the age of six at Moscow’s Central Music School. He then continued at the city’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory from which he graduated in 1997. Regularly invited by Sviatoslav Richter, he participated in his festivals in Moscow (December Nights) and his chamber music festival at La Grange deMeslay. He completed his postgraduate studies with Elisso Virssaladze in Munich. From 2000 to 2002 he was a BBC New Generation Artist. Alexander Melnikov appears regularly in recital at the world’s leading concert halls with major orchestras such as the Russian National Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philadelphia Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic. Besides his well-established duo with Isabelle Faust, his partners include Vadim Repin, Natalia Gutman, Alexander Rudin, Victor Tretiakov, the Borodin Quartet, Truls Mørk, Jean-Guihen Queyras, and many others. In piano duo repertoire he appears regularly with Andreas Staier, Boris Berezovsky, and Alexei Lubimov. He also regularly performs on the fortepiano with Concerto Köln. He has recorded several CDs on harmonia mundi as a soloist(Scriabin, Rachmaninoff) and as a chamber musician (Isabelle Faust,Jean-Guihen Queyras, Teunis van der Zwart).
appears with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berliner and Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestre de Paris, Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra, under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Giovanni Antonini, Ji˘rí B˘elohlávek, Franz Brüggen, Daniel Harding or Mariss Jansons,
Whilst not neglecting the classical and romantic repertoire, Isabelle Faust is a noted interpreter of the great twentieth-century works of Feldman, Jolivet, Ligeti, Nono, and Scelsi. She has premiered pieces by such composers as Olivier Messiaen, Werner Egk or Jörg Widmann, and works dedicated to her by the composers Thomas Larcher and Michael Jarrell (2009).
Isabelle Faust has made several recordings of chamber music for harmonia mundi on both modern and period instruments with her partner Alexander Melnikov. Many of her critically acclaimed CDs have won prizes, including the Diapason d’Or and the Gramophone Award.
Isabelle Faust plays the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Stradivarius of 1704, kindly loaned to her by the L-Bank Baden Württemberg.
A founding member of the Arcanto Quartet, Jean-Guihen Queyras forms a celebrated trio with Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov; the latter is, alongside Alexandre Tharaud, a regular accompanist. The versatility in his music-making has led to Queyras being invited as artist-in-residence by concert halls, festivals and orchestras including the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, De Bijloke (Ghent) and Wigmore Hall (London).
Queyras appears with renowned orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, NHK Symphony Orchestra and Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, working with conductors including Iván Fischer, Philippe Herreweghe, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Sir Roger Norrington.
Jean-Guihen Queyras’ discography is impressive and diverse, ranging from acclaimed concerto discs and chamber music programmes to explorations of the intersections between contemporary music, improvisation and Mediterranean traditions. Queyras holds a professorship at the University of Music Freiburg and is artistic director of the ‘Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence’ festival in Forcalquier. He plays a 1696 instrument by Gioffredo Cappa, made available to him by the Mécénat Musical Société Générale.