Originally from Melbourne, London based violinist Isabel has enjoyed a vibrant freelance career for over six years, performing and educating with many artists and musicians from around the world. Her practice as a musician and performer is focussed on ways of exploring how music can connect to audiences in new, accessible environments and how to deepen the connection between the performer and listener through practices of internal awareness and meditation.
In her hometown of Melbourne, Isabel completed her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts as a student of Miwako Abe, where she was the recipient of the Kate Flowers Memorial Award and the Athenaeum Soloist Award. She then went on to do a further three years of advanced study at the Australian National Academy of Music as a student of William Hennessy. During this time Isabel performed with various artists such as the Brodsky String Quartet, Anthony Marwood, Pekka Kuuisisto, and received master-classes with Midori. She also performed in various festivals including the Huntington Estate Festival, the Melbourne and Perth International Arts Festivals, the Sydney Bienalle and played in ensemble tours of China, Russia and Singapore.
In the time of her freelance career Isabel has spent time living in Perth, Western Australia, Melbourne and more recently, London. During this time, Isabel has performed all styles of music with various ensembles around Australia and the world. Highlights have been, working with the Opera Australia Regional Touring Orchestra as a part of their six-week annual tour around Australia, the Perth Symphony Orchestra, the national Australian tour of Hugh Jackman’s “Broadway to Oz” and performing in the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden.
As a part of her exploration in bringing classical and contemporary music to new audiences in accessible and innovative environments, in January 2018, Isabel will complete an artist’s residency in collaboration with ArtsIceland Westfjörds which will involve a series of recordings and performances of Solo Violin Contemporary Australian works.