Uniquely communicative, American violinist Isabelle Ai Durrenberger delivers
performances of deeply striking and sincere artistry. Gaining national recognition for her
skillful and passionate chamber musicianship, Isabelle’s recent engagements include
appearances with Boston Chamber Music Society, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at
Carnegie Hall, Marlboro Music Festival, and Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A
Far Cry. Isabelle enjoys teaching privately and began her position as a violin faculty at
the New England Conservatory Preparatory School in fall of 2022. Her high school
students have been admitted to top national conservatories such as Juilliard, New
England Conservatory of Music, and Cleveland Institute of Music.
Isabelle completed her graduate studies in Boston as a student of Donald Weilerstein
and Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory. Isabelle grew up in Columbus,
Ohio, and was mentored by Jaime Laredo throughout her high school and
undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
National accolades for Isabelle’s playing include the 2022 Borromeo String Quartet
Guest Artist Award, 2018 Irving M. Klein Competition Bronze Medal, Tuesday Musical
First Prize Scholarship for Performance, First Prize in Cleveland Institute of Music
Concerto Competition, and being named Artist Fellow of Jennifer Koh’s 2021 “Alone
Together” Seminar. A frequent competitor in international competitions, Isabelle was
most recently a semifinalist of the 2022 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis
and 2021 Young Concert Artists Audition. Isabelle has performed as soloist with many
American orchestras including the Columbus Symphony, Asheville Symphony, and
Lakeside Symphony Orchestra amongst others.
Isabelle performs on a 2020 Sam Zygmuntowicz violin generously loaned to her by a
private patron in New York City. In her free time, Isabelle enjoys running and baking.
Isabelle will spend the summer of 2023 making music at Four Seasons Chamber Music
Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, and Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival.