American violinist Isabelle Ai Durrenberger is praised for her vivid musicality, genuine communication with audiences, and passion for chamber music and education. She completed her graduate studies with Donald Weilerstein and Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory. Isabelle received her B.M. at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Jaime Laredo. Isabelle has a private violin studio in Boston and serves as a member of faculty at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School where she enjoys teaching violin and coaching chamber music.
Isabelle was awarded the Milton Preves Memorial 3rd Prize at the 2018 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and first prize at the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition. She has competed internationally at the International Competition of Indianapolis, Sendai International Music Competition, and Isang Yun Violin Competition. She has collaborated with many American orchestras including the Columbus Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Naples and Lakeside Symphony Orchestra amongst many others. Isabelle performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of New York String Orchestra Seminar.
Isabelle prioritizes exploration of contemporary music and compositions; in the summer of 2021, Grammy-award winning violinist Jennifer Koh chose Isabelle as the Artist Fellow in the ARCO Collaborative Alone Together educational project. During recent summers, Isabelle has been invited to perform at Marlboro Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, Yellow Barn, and Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. In Boston, Isabelle performs as a member of the Phoenix chamber orchestra, and will be performing in the 2022-23 season of Boston Chamber Music Society.
Isabelle performs on a Terry Borman violin, and in her free time enjoys baking, reading novels, and long walks.