Interview - Isabel Charisius
"When working on string quartets, she affirms, as a peculiarity, that “in a string quarted somebody makes a mistake and the others try to solve it, so outside nobody can hear it. And i think this is one of the essences of real high standard chamber music, that you need to have that knowledge to make the music really grow because we are playing music of divine maestro's and we need to try to get as close as possible to perfection. But we are humans so we can't be perfect ”.
“Music has many forms and you have to be flexible”, he affirms later, when speaking about her role as a teacher and about the importance of listening and respecting the sound of the students, since she cannot impose his sound on the rest.
...in string quartet, you have to be calm and you have to be very delicate (...) You have to be delicate to see what they need to change, to grow like a tree.
The prize winners were selected by a jury comprising (Alban Berg Quartet), 1983 to mark the 50th anniversary of Banff Centre.
Isabel Charisius is one of the finest violists and chamber musicians of her generation. As a member of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet, soloist and solo violist with leading orchestras, Isabel has appeared regularly at the most prestigious venues in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
She enjoys working in projects with distinguished string quartets, various ensembles and many renowned soloists at international venues and is frequently invited as a jury member on top international competitions.
For many years, Isabel has been dedicated to the development of new generations of musicians. She is an internationally recognised teacher of viola and chamber music. Her prolific teaching activity at the Universities of Cologne and Lucerne as well as a wide range of masterclasses at some of the most prestigious institutions gave rise to a large community of alumni. Students of Isabel can be found among the winners of international competitions and many of them are members of the world’s finest ensembles and orchestras. Isabel Charisius plays the extraordinary viola «ABQ» by Laurentius Storioni (1780).