Virtuoso Duo to Make Their Chicago Debut in University of Chicago Presents Series 

German violinist Isabelle Faust and Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov will make their Chicago recital debut on Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. at University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall in a program of Dvořák, Enescu, Tchaikovsky, Franck, and recently added, Antheil. 

Internationally acclaimed solo artists in their own rights, Faust and Melnikov are longtime recital collaborators. Requiring virtuosic technique for both violinist and pianist alike, Franck's Sonata in A Major is a highly anticipated featured work in the program. Dedicated by Franck to the 19th century virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe, the sonata figures prominently in the central violin repertoire and is considered one of the most important violin sonatas ever written. 

Launching onto the international scene after winning the 1987 Leopold Mozart Competition, violinist Isabelle Faust has performed with the world's leading conductors and orchestras. Known for his often unusual musical and programmatic decisions, Alexander Melnikov discovered a career-long interest in historical performance practice at an early age. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Naumov and went on to win important prizes at such eminent competitions as the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau (1989) and the Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth in Brussels (1991).    

Now celebrating its 71st year of bringing the world class artists to Chicago, The University of Chicago Presents offers 29 unique performances in seven distinct series in its 2014-2015 season, from early music to classical, contemporary, and jazz.

The university’s critically acclaimed Contempo collective of visionary contemporary artists, directed by the celebrated composer Shulamit Ran, celebrates 50 years this season. 

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German violinist Isabelle Faust with Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov (photo courtesy of The University of Chicago Presents).