Isabel Charisius is one of the finest violists and chamber musicians of her generation. As a member of the legendary Alban Berg Quartet in addition to solo performances and engagements as solo violist with various leading orchestras, she has appeared regularly at the most prestigious venues in Europe, the Americas and Asia. She is regularly invited to perform on both, the viola and the violin, with distinguished ensembles and great soloists at international festivals and concert venues.
Alongside her intense concert activity, Isabel has for many years been dedicated to training new generations of musicians. She is an internationally recognised teacher of viola and chamber music. Her prolific teaching activity includes a professorship at the Musikhochschule Köln (2005-2012), the Musikhochschule Lucerne (since 2006) as well as a wide range of masterclasses at some of the most prestigious academies and institutions. Her students can regularly be found among the winners of international competitions. Many of them are also members of the world’s finest ensembles and orchestras. The ensembles trained by Isabel include among others the string quartets Heath, Signum, Schuman, Navarra, Amaryllis and Belenus as well as the piano trios Atos and Morgenstern.
Isabel plays the extraordinary ‘ABQ’ viola by Laurentius Storioni (1780), a viola by Peter Greiner (1999) and a special violin by Joannes Udalricus Eberle (1753).
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Isabel is one of the tutors for the East Neuk Festival Retreat, and will be performing in the 2017 Retreat concerts alongside the participants.