Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Violinist Isabella Egawa, 22, is a passionate musician whose skills span across various specialties and genres. She previously led the NAfME All-National Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra as concertmaster, and the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra as associate concertmaster. Isabella is also a past participant of programs such as the New York String Orchestra Seminar, National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, Manchester Music Festival, Music Masters Course Japan, Taipei Music Academy and Festival, and Keshet Eilon Summer Mastercourse. Outside of chamber and orchestra ensembles, she has performed as a soloist with regional orchestras, such as the Ambler Symphony and Old York Symphony.
Recently, Isabella was announced the undergraduate winner of the 2022 Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic Soloist Competition and will perform Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2 with the CMU Philharmonic in their 2022-2023 season. She was winner of the 2020 Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Artists Competition, and was awarded the Harry G. Archer Award (2019) and Pittsburgh Female College Association Prize (2019 and 2022). In her free time, Isabella enjoys composing and producing music outside of the classical realm – she sings, plays piano, electric guitar, electric bass, and has produced original tracks for events ranging from benefit concerts to fashion shows.
Isabella holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Her primary teachers include Andrés Cárdenes and Meichen Liao-Barnes, and she will begin her graduate studies with David Chan at The Juilliard School this fall.