Filipino-Canadian violinist Isabel Lago performs extensively as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician and is swiftly emerging as an artist. She has performed as concerto soloist with the Fraser Valley Symphony and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lago’s chamber and orchestral career has taken her across Germany and Canada to halls such as the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Koerner Hall, the Musik- und Kongresshalle in Lübeck, and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.
Competition highlights include receiving top prize at The Friends of Chamber Music Competition with her former quartet and first prize in the Canadian Repertoire class of the BC provincials in 2016. Ms. Lago has played alongside the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Koerner Hall’s 21C Music Festival in 2019. She has served as concertmaster on several occasions for The Glenn Gould School Opera’s Orchestra. In 2020, she participated in The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy as one of five academy members. Ms. Lago has been fortunate to work with world-renowned conductors, including Gábor Takács-Nagy, Leon Fleisher, Johannes Debus, Ton Koopman, Krzysztof Urbański, Michael Sanderling, Manfred Honeck, and Christoph Eschenbach. Festivals include the National Arts Centre Young Artist Program, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestral Academy, Symphony in the Barn, and Music By The Sea festival. She has performed in masterclasses for various artists such as Rachel Podger, Barnabás Kelemen, Almita Vamos, Jinjoo Cho, Dimitri Berlinsky, and the Vogler Quartet.
Ms. Lago began her violin studies two months before her third birthday. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree from the The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, studying with Paul Kantor and Mayumi Seiler. She is a recipient of The Michael & Sonja Koerner Scholarships. Ms. Lago is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School. Outside of music, she enjoys nature, knitting, crosswords with friends, and a good cup of coffee. Ms. Lago always strives to grow as a musician and hopes to touch others through her music.
Ms. Lago plays on a 1910 Scarampella generously on loan from a private owner.