Born to a family of musicians, Isabelle David is the youngest of a lineage of pianists dating back five generations.
Praised for her “poetic and flexible virtuosity” (Helsingin Sanomat), the Montreal-based pianist has performed concerts in North America and Europe, notably at Musiikkitalo (Helsinki), Jordan Hall (Boston), Carnegie Hall (New York), and Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall (Montréal). She is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award, and Canimex Canadian Music Competition Grand Prize. She has been guest soloist with the Montréal, Longueuil, Estuaire, Trois-Rivières, Drummondville, Torùn, and Newfoundland symphony orchestras, among others.
Together with her longtime duo-partner, violinist Yolanda Bruno, she released her debut album The Wild Swans in 2019. The album features music steeped in fantasy and story-telling, and includes the premiere recording of Beyond Time by Alexina Louie.
Isabelle completed her doctorate at the Université de Montréal (2020), under the direction of Jean Saulnier. Her research, which involved editing manuscripts of Québec composer Auguste Descarries, was awarded a Joseph-Armand-Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Descarries taught and mentored Louise Lussier, a wonderful pianist who also happens to be Isabelle’s grandmother.
Upcoming engagements include the recording of Descarries’s piano repertoire with Leaf Music, a project made possible by the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. In addition, Isabelle will perform solo and chamber recitals with Sinfonia de Lanaudière, Drummondville, and Sherbrooke orchestras.
EQ CONCERTS 2021/22