Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher is a soloist, chamber musician and educator feeling equally at home working with artists ranging from the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) to rapper 50 Cent. Enjoying an international career, Isabel has performed throughout China, Japan, Canada, and the United States. The New York Times has called her “excellent” and John Zorn writes “Isabel’s display of virtuosity and her beautiful attitude and stunning musicality inspired me”.
Isabel is an artist member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), new music sinfonietta Ensemble Echappe and the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival. She is a founding member of SoundMind ensemble and Duo Helix. Isabel performs regularly with ensembles such as Talea Ensemble, the Argento New Music Project, Contemporaneous, Friends of MATA Ensemble and Ensemble X at Cornell University. As part of these and other groups, Isabel has had the opportunity premiere works by Missy Mazzoli, John Zorn, Beat Furrer, Jonathan Dawe, and many others. She has also performed at festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Opera Omaha’s One Festival, MATA, Resonant Bodies, Five College New Music Festival, New Haven Arts and Ideas, Lake George Summer Music Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Isabel has appeared on the Guggenheim Works and Process Series, Music of the Americas Society Composer Portrait Series, Park Avenue Armory Martin Creed The Back Door exhibit, the Clark Institute of Art Celebration of Helen Frankenthaler, and the Lex54 Concert Series.
As a soloist, Isabel has collaborated with So Percussion on a performance of Lou Harrison’s Flute Concerto at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and will be featured in a solo recital on Miller Theatre’s Pop-Up Concerts series. Isabel won first prize at the Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition at the Texas Flute Festival. Previously, Isabel won second prize at both the South Carolina and Kentucky Flute Festival Young Artist Competitions.
Active as a teaching artist Isabel works with the Bridge Arts Ensemble in the Adirondacks NY and the American Composers Orchestra at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn NY. She held a one-year position with New York Philharmonic Education as a teaching artist apprentice, teaching 3rd grade in the Bronx NY. Isabel has conducted flute and chamber music master classes, and workshops in experimental music at the University of Nebraska in Omaha NE, SUNY Purchase in New York, and in Denton TX at the Texas Flute Festival. She has also collaborated with many composition departments, performing young student composers’ pieces from the Third Street Music School Settlement, Face the Music, the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School, and the Very Young Composers program at the New York Philharmonic. Isabel holds an MM in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, an MM from the Yale School of Music, and a BM from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers have included Tara Helen O’Connor, Ransom Wilson, and Tanya Dusevic Witek.