Isabel Vaz

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
participated in masterclasses with cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Márcio Carneiro, Natalia
Shakovskaya, Valter Despalj, Giovanni Sollima, Michel Strauss, Antonio Meneses. She was
distinguished in several national and international competitions, both solo and chamber
music, such as the 1st prize Prémio Jovens Músicos 2009 (with Quarteto Blanc), 3rd prize
and public prize in Concurso de Interpretação do Estoril 2012, 1st prize in the International
Chamber Music Competition Guido Papini 2013, prize Jeunesse Musical Deutschland in
Premio Borciani 2014, 3rd prize in the international chamber music competition Val Tidone
2014, Premio Discografico in the Salieri Zinetti chamber music competition 2015 and the
1st prize in Concurso de Interpretação do Estoril 2016. Isabel was the cellist of Quartetto
Indaco between 2013 and 2015, having performed recitals in several halls and festivals in
Italy and all over Europe. The quartet studied under the guidance of Oliver Wille in the
string quartet program at the Hannover Hochschule.


Isabel is currently based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she actively works as a
chamber musician. In 2015 she was appointed a 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, an International Chamber Music Festival in Algarve. Its
7th edition will take place in Algarve in October 2022. Isabel and Vasco have recently recorded
a CD featuring Luís de Freitas Branco cello Sonata which has been nominated for best classical
album of 2021 by Premios Play.


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, the Zagreb Soloists, among others.

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