ISABELLE MEYERA soloist in illustrious concert halls around the world, Isabelle Meyer comes from a long musical tradition handed down from the great violin masters. One of the first women of the younger generation to pursue innovation in the classical music field, Isabelle performs around the world in her own musical productions, the Art-en-Ciel show-recitals.
She has been noticed by conductors such as Marcello Viotti and Myung-Whun Chung and played under the baton of Vladimir Fedoseyev, Stephen Barlow, Jean-François Antonioli, Eckhard Fischer, Mischa Damev and Gábor Takács, among others. She has played in numerous festivals in Europe and the United States and has given solo performances in Japan in prestigious concert halls such as the Kioi Hall in Tokyo, the Osaka Symphony Hall and the Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama.
Isabelle Meyer was born in Switzerland, where she began studying the violin at age six. A prize winner on several occasions at the Swiss Youth Music Competitions, she was invited to study at the International Menuhin Music Academy with Alberto Lysy. She was a solo performer with the Camerata Lysy, notably at Geneva’s Victoria Hall and during a European tour with Yehudi Menuhin.
Isabelle was accepted to the Juilliard School in New York at age seventeen in the class of renowned teacher Dorothy Delay over a five-year course of study (with Naoko Tanaka as assistant instructor). During those years she performed recitals at the Lincoln Center in New York (Alice Tully Hall, Paul Hall and Morse Hall) and at the Aspen Festival in Colorado. She then continued her studies with Boris Kuschnir in Vienna and attended master classes with artists such as Zakhar Bron, György Sebök and Gábor Takács.
On the recommendation of Marcello Viotti, she was invited to play at the Zurich Tonhalle for the Orpheum Musikfesttage festival as soloist with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev.
Isabelle has performed solo with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Detmold Chamber Orchestra, the Timisoara Symphony Orchestra, the Brno Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonietta Lausanne, the Cappella Istropolitana, the Camerata Bellerive, the Camerata Lysy, Caecilia’s Ensemble, and since 2013 regularly with the Ensemble Art-en-Ciel.
ARTISTIC DIRECTORSHIP & PRODUCTION
By launching the first series of concert-shows in Europe, Isabelle has gathered under the Art-en-Ciel label many Swiss and international personalities from the worlds of art and science. With music as a common theme, Art-en-Ciel presents an innovative concept of multidisciplinary productions where well-known artists and eminent scientists collaborate on original creations. Since 2006 some fifteen productions have been performed, of which several have toured in Europe (Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland) and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile).
Having become a label of quality, Art-en-Ciel has collaborated notably with philosopher Luc Ferry, astrophysicist Hubert Reeves, composer Sylvie Courvoisier, radio personality Frédéric Lodéon, conductor Gábor Takács, and a good number of rising talents.
LIST OF PRODUCTIONSThe Carnival of the Animals (2018) | The Eternal Feminine: The Trial (2018) | The Violin of the Passions (2017) | Dance with the Violin (2016) | The Violin of the Opera (2015) | Vivaldi & Piazzolla, The Eight Seasons (2014) | Cupid’s Violin (2013) | Babar and Ferdinand (2013) | Dinner is Served! (2012) | Mozart and the Paradox of the Stars (2012) | Piazzolla, Four Seasons of Tango (2011) | Images of Sounds (2010) | Once Upon a Time, There Was the Violin (2010) | The Carnival of the Animals (2009) | Mozart and the Stars (2008) | Vivaldi Underpins a Vintage Fashion Show (2007) | Dialogos (2006) | Serenade in Images (2006)
MUSICAL OUTREACH PROGRAMME
Focussing on young people, Isabelle presents Art-en-Ciel shows with a pedagogical content in school performances throughout Switzerland and Latin America. Since 2014 she has developed a musical outreach programme combining educational shows and didactic packages approved by the DGEO, Canton Vaud’s compulsory school board.
In a similar fashion, she has played in the favelas of Sao Paulo, spurred by the wish to encounter new audiences.
VIOLIN FOR TWOIn 2005, Isabelle founded the Zuber-Meyer duo, a meeting of two violins and eight strings. With Michael Zuber a duet tradition spanning 350 years of violin repertoire is on stage. In collaboration with Frédéric Lodéon, she created the show Once Upon a Time, There Was the Violin that encapsulates the history of the instrument. In recital or concerto form, the duo has performed in Europe, South America and the Middle East.
MEDIA RECOGNITIONIsabelle has appeared on television in Germany on the Bayerischerrundfunk and Fernseh channels, in Switzerland on Pardonnez-moi with Darius Rochebin, and on Arte. A number of her concerts have been transmitted on radio, a medium where she is regularly invited to speak about her Art-en-Ciel productions. Chosen in 2014 as one of French-speaking Switzerland’s 30 leading personalities, she was invited to talk on Payot bookstore’s The Book of My Life broadcast and participated in the Nuit de la Lecture (Night of Reading) radio programme.
She has recorded the complete violin and piano works by Ravel with pianist Cédric Pescia and markets DVD videos of the Art-en-Ciel productions on internet. Isabelle Meyer is a Chevalier of the Confrérie du Tastevin.
THE FAMILY TREE OF VIOLINISTS
Isabelle belongs to a long tradition of famous violinists, some of whom, such as Dorothy Delay, Boris Kuschnir and Alberto Lysy, were her teachers. The family tree of violinists shown below is the result of research undertaken for the show Once Upon a Time, There Was the Violin, © Isabelle Meyer.