Isabelle O'ConnellNew York, NY
Described by the New Yorker as “the young Irish piano phenom”, Irish pianist Isabelle O’Connell has developed an international career as soloist and chamber musician that has taken her across four continents. Since her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002 she has performed around the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, U.K. and Ireland.
Isabelle is a dynamic interpreter and energetic advocate of music by 20th and 21st century composers, regularly commissioning and premiering new works. Her debut solo album RESERVOIR was released to critical acclaim in 2010 and features solo piano music by nine contemporary Irish composers. Her recording of Kevin Volans’ Concerto for Piano and Winds with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland is being released this fall on the Lyric FM label.
Isabelle is co-founder of GrandBand, New York’s six piano sextet, described by the New York Times as: “six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York’s contemporary-classical scene”. As chamber musician, Isabelle often performs with the Crash ensemble, appearing at the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival, Sydney Conservatoire, Kennedy Center, Le Poisson Rouge in New York and the Galway Arts Festival, Ireland. She has also played with Alarm Will Sound at Duke University and in Denver, Colorado and with Ergodos ensemble at Issue Project Room in New York. She has also performed with John Adams at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Meredith Monk at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival and with the ConTempo and New Zealand String Quartets. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and television on both sides of the Atlantic, including WNYC, WQXR, WFMT Chicago, BBC3, RTE, TV3, and Lyric FM.