Isabelle Faust, the German violinist who has been named as one of the foreign musicians in the contentious Brazil Symphony Orchestra auditions, has informed me through her agent that she will not audition musicians or serve or serve on any jury while she is in Rio. She is contracted to perform Beethoven’s violin concerto on May 11, and that’s it. Her sole purpose there is to play the violin.
‘We are investigating, as a matter of urgency, how it has come about that her name appears to have become linked to this proposed action and, when we have more information, will let you know,’ said agents Hazard Chase Ltd.
Musicians will be greatly relieved to learn that this fine musician has nothing to do with the unpleasant affair. Here’s her latest release, the Brahms concerto with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding.