Isabella Palacpac, cello (Wilton, CT), a Filipino-American cellist, began lessons at the age of 6 under the instruction of Dolores Saenz and Dr. Alexander Russakovsky at the University of Southern Mississippi. After 2 years of instruction, she was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division in 2006, where she studied with Andre Emelianoff and Minhye Clara Kim. She currently is a freshman at Juilliard, studying with Natasha Brofsky. Among other prizes, Isabella is the first place recipient of the New York Music Competition, and Hartford Symphony Orchestra Competition, among others. Isabella was selected as a semi-finalist for the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Switzerland, September 2012, and returned again for the competition in Moscow, Russia in June 2014. She was recently selected as a National YoungArts Foundation Honorable Mention Winner, and also received awards at the Queens Symphony Orchestra Competition, and Juilliard Pre-College Cello Competition, among others. Isabella made her solo debut with the American Chamber Orchestra at age 14, performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations. Since then, she has performed as a featured soloist with the Eastern Connecticut Youth Symphony Orchestra, Danbury Symphony Orchestra, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, performing works such as the Dvorak and Lalo Cello Concertos. She has served as principal cellist of the Juilliard Pre College Symphony, and was a member of the World Youth Alliance Chamber Orchestra and the Juilliard Pre College Orchestra. In 2015, she toured New York and China as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, conducted by Maestro Charles Dutoit. She has performed in venues such as the Bushnell Theater, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and Stern Auditorium, Juilliard’s Paul Hall and Morse Hall, Gilles-Lefebvre Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the United Nations, among others.
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