Violin - Italy
A native of Bologna, Italian violinist Isabella Bison began playing the violin at age seven, graduating in 2000 with distinction.
Thanks to a scholarship of the “Rotary Foundation”, in 2001 she moved to Luzern (Switzerland) where she studied with Giuliano Carmignola at the “Musikhochschule”, obtaining the Konzertdiplom.
Isabella took Masterclasses and additional studies with eminent violinists such as Pavel Vernikov, Massimo Fornaciari, Cristiano Rossi and Domenico Nordio, and she was a scholarship recipient of the “Centre Hindemith” in Blonay (Switzerland) as well as a prizewinner at the national violin competition in Vittorio Veneto (Italy).
While still very young, Isabella served as leader of the second violins of the Orchestra del Teatro "G. Verdi" in Sassari, and was a member of I Solisti dell'Orchestra Città di Ferrara; since then she has collaborated with prominent Italian and European ensembles like Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Orchestra Milano Classica, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
Isabella developed an interest in early music and playing on historic instruments when she was still a student in Italy; afterwards she studied baroque violin with Lucy van Dael (with whom she performed many times) and Stefano Montanari at the “International Music Academy” in Milano.
In 2004 she was chosen for the European Union Baroque Orchestra, with which she has toured through Europe under conductors such as Ton Koopman and Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
As a soloist, she has performed several times Violin Concertos by Bach, Haydn, Benda, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, and in 2006 she was invited to play Bach's Violin Sonatas at the “Salzburger Bach Gesellschaft”.
Isabella played for 11 years, serving also as Principal Second Violin, with Il Complesso Barocco conducted by Alan Curtis, and from 2004 to 2008 she served as Concertmaster of La Divina Armonia performing extensively, also as a soloist, in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia.
She has collaborated as Concertmaster with the Swiss ensemble Freitagsakademie, and she appears regularly with prominent European period-instrument ensembles, including Les Talens Lyriques, Europa Galante, Ensemble Zefro, AnimaEterna, Accademia Bizantina, L'Arte dell'Arco, Il Pomo d'Oro, Il Gardellino, I Barocchisti, Ensemble Matheus, Capella Gabetta.
She's also active with Canadian period-instrument ensembles: since 2015 she has started a collaboration with Montréal based group Arion, and she has been hired by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for the Season 2015/2016.
Isabella is in great demand as a chamber musician, and fellow eminent artists include Alfredo Bernardini, Francesco Cera, Gwendolyn Toth, Federico Guglielmo, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Alberto and Paolo Grazzi, to name a few.
Together with violist and Tafelmusik member Stefano Marcocchi she has formed “Concertante”, a Duo specializing in underrated works for violin and viola composed by the great Italian virtuosi of the turn of 18th and 19th Century.
Isabella can be heard on over 30 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Virgin Classics, Naïve, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Passacaille, DiVox and Dynamic.
Isabella plays an original violin made by Carlo Antonio Testore in 1741.