Künstlersekretariat - Astrid Schoerke

Isabelle van Keulen

”Her taut musical intelligence and vivid sound combined with a fine instinct for the tender, searching quality of this music … absolutely magical.” The Guardian

From her home in the Netherlands, Isabelle van Keulen has captivated the entire world – both on the violin and viola. She is an experienced performer on major concert stages; her charismatic demeanor and musical versatility make her one of the most sought-after musicians of our time.

She regularly performs with leading orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio and NDR symphony orchestras, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra Manchester and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a popular performer in the USA performing regularly with the country’s foremost orchestras. Her performances see her collaborating with prominent conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Philippe Herreweghe, Andrew Manze, Andris Nelsons, Sir Roger Norrington, Hugh Wolff and David Zinman.

Isabelle van Keulen’s work also leaves ample room for chamber music. Her long-time partners on the piano are Ronald Brautigam, with whom she has collaborated in artistic projects for decades, and Hannes Minnaar. With Minnaar, she released a recording of all Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas (2014) earning widespread praise from critics and the press alike. She also performs concerts with mezzo-soprano Christiane Stotijn and clarinettist Sharon Kam. From 1997 to 2006, Isabelle van Keulen served as the Artistic Director of the Delft Chamber Music Festival, which she decisively shaped through her dedication and musical expertise.

Isabelle van Keulen’s repertoire spans numerous works from the 20th and 21st century including composers such as Henri Dutilleux, John Adams, Sofia Gubaidulina, Colin Matthews, Lera Auerbach and Brett Dean. The recording of the violin concerto dedicated to her by Erkki-Sven Tüür, which Isabelle van Keulen performed with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, earned considerable praise in the press and is a remarkable achievement.

Her discography boasts an enormous range of musical work. Her duo recordings where she performs with Ronald Brautigam, a recording of the violin concerto of Alban Berg alongside the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra under Mario Venzago and recordings featuring the entire collection of Beethoven’s violin sonatas with Hannes Minnaar mentioned are also remarkable achievements. In the fall of 2015, the 2nd instalment of Piazzolla’s Tango nuevo was released, which was recorded with the Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble.

Since the fall of 2012, she has worked as a Professor of Violin, Viola and Chamber Music at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. In addition, she assumes the artistic direction as Artist in Residence with the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss this season.


Season 2017/2018
Changes and abridgement must be coordinated with Künstlersekretariat Schoerke.
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Isabelle van Keulen performs in Konstanz

5 June 2018

In June, Isabelle van Keulen will once again be a guest with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz in three concerts. On June 6th, 8th and 10th under the baton […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen plays world premiere of Högberg’s Violin Concerto

15 March 2018

On March 16th, 18th and 19th, Isabelle van Keulen will premiere the violin concerto “Absent Illusions – A Hunt for the Eluded Muses” by Fredrik Högberg at the […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen: Jazz Meets Classic in Stuttgart

20 February 2018

Isabelle van Keulen has proven countless times to be one of the most versatile violinists of our day. On February 22nd, audiences in Stuttgart will enjoy her musical […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen traveling through Europe

8 January 2018

Isabelle van Keulen and Ronald Brautigam – an unbeatable musical duo! On January 8th and 10th, the two will be performing together in London’s Wigmore Hall and again […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen visits the Far North

4 December 2017

Isabelle van Keulen will perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto no. 1 on December 7th with Andrew Manze and the Oslo Philharmonic in the Norwegian capital. The premiere of this […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen performs down under

1 November 2017

Isabelle van Keulen is currently visiting faraway Australia. On the 27th, 28th and 30th of October, she presented highly successful performances of Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto with the […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen is Artist in Residence and Artistic Director of the Kammerakademie Neuss

29 September 2017

With 90% of the tickets for the coming months already sold, Isabelle van Keulen is launching two very promising seasons as Artist in Residence and Artistic Director of […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen with the Tio Jean Paul at the Beethovenfest in Bonn

18 September 2017

The Beethovenfest in Bonn has a long tradition: it first took place in 1845 on the occasion of Beethoven’s 75th birthday in his homeland. The Tio Jean Paul […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen with the Netherslands Symphony Orchestra

19 April 2017

Returning home to the Netherlands on 21st and 23rd April, , Isabelle van Keulen will take to the stage in Enschede and Utrecht alongside the Netherland Symphony Orchestra […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen assumes the artistic direction of the German Chamber Academy Neuss

31 March 2017

As the Artist in Residence, Isabelle van Keulen will assume the artistic direction of the German Chamber Academy Neuss for the coming 2017/2018 season. In so doing, she […] more ...

London Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes Isabelle van Keulen

23 January 2017

The concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski in der Royal Festival Hall marks a special highlight for Isabelle van Keulen in this artistically […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen on tour in the Netherlands with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta

8 November 2016

This November, Isabelle van Keulen will once again be welcomed by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. In six concerts at cities across the Netherlands, she will perform “The American Four […] more ...

The Royal Ballet welcomes Isabelle van Keulen in Amsterdam

18 March 2016

The project by the name of “Best of Balanchine“ will present the most popular works of legendary twentieth century ballet choreographer George Balanchine in 10 performances.For these performances, […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble on tour

28 January 2016

Isabelle van Keulen is touring with her ensemble in February. As usual, the troupe will be performing the passionate tangos of Astor Piazzolla. In Madrid und Alicante, the […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen and the Pražák Quartet

26 October 2017

In the upcoming seasons, Isabelle van Keulen will bring her long-time experience as a violinist and violist in different chamber music formations to the unique tradition of the […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen & Ronald Brautigam

20 October 2017

Isabelle van Keulen | violin          Ronald Brautigam | piano   Program suggestion: Schumann – Sonata No. 1 in A minor for violin and piano, op. 105 Fauré […] more ...

Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble – Tango!

13 October 2016

Astor Piazzollas Tango Nuevo presents his own world within the musical cosmos, which is exactly what fascinates Isabelle van Keulen when she immerses herself in the mysterious, emotionally […] more ...

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Stockholm – Royal Hall | Royale College of Music
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  • Isabelle van Keulen
Stockholm – Royal Hall | Royal College of Music
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Bielefeld – Rudolf-Oetker-Hall
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  • Isabelle van Keulen
Eindhoven – Muziekgebouw
  • Isabelle van Keulen
Siegen – Apollo Theater
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Siegen – Apollo Theater
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Siegen – Apollo Theater

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