Isabelle Roland - Viola

Isabelle is a native of Canada, but grew up dividing her time between Paris   and Vancouver. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the University   of Victoria where she studied with Jaroslav Karlovsky, she then obtained her   Masters in Performance at the Cleveland Institute where she was a student of   Heidi Castleman, Lynne Ramsey Irvine and Robert Vernon.

From 1990 to 2001, Isabelle was assistant principal viola of the Victoria   Symphony. During her time with the V.S.O., Isabelle performed as a soloist   including performances under the baton of Yehudi Menuhin. She also helped   found the Savitri Quartet, and has performed on C.B.C. radio both as a member   of the Savitri Quartet, and in collaboration with mezzo-soprano Susan Platts.   From 1996-1998, Isabelle served as assistant principal with the Colorado Music   Festival in Boulder, Colorado.

Since settling permanently in Vancouver in 2002, Isabelle has appeared as a   soloist with Sinfonia and the West Coast Symphony. Currently, Isabelle is   principal viola with Sinfonia, is a member of the Vancouver Opera and performs   with the Vancouver Symphony and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She also enjoys a   busy chamber music career having performed with trio accorde, west coast   chamber music, and is a member of the tantalus string quartet.

As well as juggling a busy performing career, Isabelle joins her love of   music and children by teaching violin and viola at the Vancouver Academy of   Music, and by joyfully caring for her two young sons, Nicholas and Kai, with   husband, Steve Mason.