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.