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New York Philharmonic Offstage with Isabelle Faust and Carter Brey

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Isabelle Faust
Location: David Rubenstein Atrium (Directions)
Tue, Mar, 19, 2013
7:00 PM

Meet this season's artists and members of the Orchestra as they engage in conversation with 105.9 FM WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon, completely free of charge. New York Philharmonic subscribers and donors may reserve their spot in advance by emailing

This series is co-presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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Jeff Spurgeon is the morning host of New York’s classical music radio station, Classical 105.9 FM WQXR. He has worked in radio for more than 30 years, beginning as a teenager in his hometown in western Nebraska. He has been an announcer, reporter, newscaster, interviewer, and producer. Mr. Spurgeon joined WQXR in 1997; in 2006 he became the station’s morning host. In addition to hosting Around Broadway each Wednesday with Charles Isherwood of The New York Times, Spurgeon hosts concert broadcasts in New York City and internationally.

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Isabelle Faust

Having founded a string quartet at the age of 11, violinist Isabelle Faust's early chamber music experiences imbued in her a fundamental belief that performing is a process of give and take, in which listening is just as important as expressing one's own personality.

Her victory at the 1987 Leopold Mozart Competition at age 15 brought the prospect of a solo career. However, the guiding principles instilled in her as a chamber musician remained strong and Ms. Faust constantly sought dialogue and the exchange of musical ideas. After winning the 1993 Paganini Competition, she moved to France, where she came to international attention with her first recording of sonatas by Bartók, Szymanowski, and Janáček.

In 2003 Ms. Faust released a recording of the Dvořák Violin Concerto. Her 2007 release of the Beethoven violin concerto also reflects her immersion in period performance practice. The list of composers whose works she has premiered extends from Olivier Messiaen to Werner Egk and Jörg Widmann. She is a fervent proponent of music by György Ligeti, Morton Feldman, Luigi Nono, and Giacinto Scelsi, as well as of forgotten works, such as André Jolivet's violin concerto. In 2009 she premiered works dedicated to her by composers Thomas Larcher and Michael Jarrell.

Isabelle Faust can be heard with pianist Alexander Melnikov in recordings for Harmonia Mundi. Their recording of Beethoven sonatas received the ECHO Klassik Award, a Gramophone Award, and a Grammy nomination. Her solo recording of Bach partitas and sonatas received the 2010 Diapason d'or de l'année.

Ms. Faust has appeared with orchestras and conductors including Claudio Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Daniel Harding, Heinz Holliger, Mariss Jansons, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Orchestra, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She performs on the 1704 "Sleeping Beauty" Stradivarius, on loan from Germany's L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.

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Carter Brey

Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cello, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Chair, of the New York Philharmonic in 1996. He made his official subscription debut with the Orchestra in May 1997 performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations under the direction of then Music Director Kurt Masur, and has since performed as soloist each season.

From the time of Mr. Brey’s New York and Kennedy Center debuts in 1982, he has been regularly hailed by audiences and critics for his virtuosity, flawless technique, and complete musicianship. He rose to international attention in 1981 as a prizewinner in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. The winner of the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Prize, Avery Fisher Career Grant, Young Concert Artists’ Michaels Award, and other honors, he also was the first musician to win the Arts Council of America’s Performing Arts Prize.

Mr. Brey has appeared as soloist with virtually all the major orchestras in the United States, and performed under the batons of prominent conductors including Claudio Abbado, Semyon Bychkov, Sergiu Comissiona, and Christoph von Dohnányi. His chamber music career is equally distinguished; he has made regular appearances with the Tokyo and Emerson string quartets as well as The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at festivals such as Spoleto (both in the United States and Italy), and the Santa Fe and La Jolla Chamber Music festivals. He presents an ongoing series of duo recitals with pianist Christopher O’Riley; together they recorded Le Grand Tango: Music of Latin America, a disc of compositions from South America and Mexico released on Helicon Records. On another CD he collaborated with violinist Pamela Frank and violist Paul Neubauer in Aaron Jay Kernis’s Still Movement with Hymn (on Decca’s Argo label). He also recorded all of Chopin’s works for cello and piano with pianist Garrick Ohlssen (currently available on Hyperion).

Mr. Brey was educated at the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates, and at Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot and was a Wardwell Fellow and a Houpt Scholar. His violoncello is a rare J. B. Guadagnini made in Milan in 1754.

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