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Isabel Vaz

Isabel Vaz

Chamber musician, Cellist


Isabel Vaz was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and started playing the cello by the age of seven. Isabel lived and studied in Lisbon until 2007, the year she moved to The Netherlands. She completed her bachelor and masters degrees at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Dmitry Ferschtman. During her studies she did two exchange semesters, one in Prague (HAMU) and the other one in New York (Manhattan School of Music).

Isabel is currently based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Isabel works actively as a chamber musician in The Netherlands and abroad. Isabel has been awarded many prizes, as a soloist and as a chamber musician, and has played in many european festivals. In 2015 she was appointed tutti cellist at the Noord Nederlands Orkest (part-time 50%).

Isabel has a duo with the concert pianist Vasco Dantas, with whom she also shares the artistic coordination of Algarve Music Series. Isabel and Vasco have recently recorded a CD featuring Luís de Freitas Branco cello Sonata, which was one of the nominated works for best classical album of Prémios Play 2021.

During the last few seasons Isabel has been making several solo appearances with various european orchestras such as Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquestra de Cascais e Oeiras, Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Sonor Ensemble and the Zagreb Soloists.