Recently returning to her hometown of Melbourne, Isabel has enjoyed a vibrant freelance career for over eight 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 Biennale 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, performing with the Perth Symphony Orchestra, a Musica Viva regional Educational Tour with the ensemble Fiddlesticks, the national Australian tour of Hugh Jackman’s “Broadway to Oz” and performing in the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Sweden.
After teaching violin and piano both privately and in schools for over ten years, Isabel has extensive teaching experience across all ages of students. Isabel has taught at various schools in Australia including Shelford Girls Grammar, St Leonards College and The Peninsula School in Melbourne. She has also taught at the University of Western Australia, All Saints College and Peter Carnley Anglican Community School in Perth Western Australia.
Isabel has also performed and designed various education workshops that have toured schools all around Australia and the United Kingdom. This includes the Musica Viva in Schools tour of an interactive show call Fiddlesticks and the Opera Australia education workshops around regional Australia. More recently Isabel Has been an orchestral tutor for the organisation National Orchestras for All as a part of their workshop series in London.
Having taught various levels of piano and violin from beginner to university standard, Isabel has learnt that it is the role of the teacher to adjust to the various needs of the student, whether it be a focus on technique, physical ease, musicality or simply just having fun with music! Having completed all the AMEB exams herself and having had many students successfully complete them as well, Isabel is extremely familiar with the various exam systems including AMEB and Trinity exams if the student wishes to undertake them.