Since her New York debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2002, Dublin-born pianist Isabelle O’Connell has developed an international career that has taken her across four continents. As soloist and chamber musician she has performed around the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, U.K. and Ireland, to venues such as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of art, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Belfast Festival, St David’s Hall, Cardiff and the National Concert Hall, Ireland.
Now based in New York, Isabelle is co-founder of GrandBand, New York’s new music piano sextet, described by the New York Times as: "six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York's contemporary-classical scene”. Making their debut at the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York in 2012, they have since performed around the United States and U.K. at the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the Gilmore Piano Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, New York, the Rite of Summer Music Festival, Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Sheffield University and Cornerstone Festival, Liverpool.
Isabelle has recorded for the Diatribe, Innova and Lyric fm labels. She has appeared on television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic, with performances broadcast on WNYC, WQXR, WFMT Chicago, BBC3, RTE, TV3 and Lyric FM radio.
Isabelle is currently on the piano faculties at Bard College and the Diller-Quaile School of Music, New York. She is a former faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music and the Kaufman Center’s Lucy Moses School, NY. Isabelle has a particular interest in music involving extended piano techniques and is often invited to give workshops on the topic, in addition to giving masterclasses for pianists and composers. Isabelle received her Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She subsequently studied with Zitta Zohar in New York. Her earlier studies took place at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin (Réamonn Keary, Therese Fahy) where she received her B.A. in Music Performance.