Isabelle Durin began her musical education at the CNR (Regional National Conservatory) in Versailles under Alexandre Brussilovsky, and was awarded a gold medal for violin in 1996.

She studied for a year with Antoine Goulard, then joined the class of Jean Estouret and Kazimierz Olechovski at the CNSM (Higher National Music Conservatory) in Lyon. During this time she continued her studies in Philosophy at the Sorbonne, gaining a Degree in Advanced Studies.

 

In 1999 Durin toured Europe with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst and she gained her National Advanced Music Diploma from the CNSM in Lyon in 2001.  She was chosen for the Shmuel Ashkenazi masterclass during the Schleswig Holstein music festival in Lübeck the same year, performing with fellow violinists such as Jean-Pierre Sabouret, Boris Garlitsky, Igor Volochin, Patrice Fontanarosa and Roland Daugarell. She continued to study in the advanced Chamber Music classes with Alain Meunier and Michel Strauss at the Paris CNSM.

 

Since 2003, Isabelle Durin has been a member of the National Orchestra of the Ile-de-France under the direction initially of Yoel Levi and presently Enrique Mazzolla. In December of the same year, she received the bronze medal of the Progress Encouragement Society in the Senate.

 

She has given many chamber music recitals in France and abroad, mostly featuring violin and piano duos. In 2004 and 2006 she was invited to appear in Vietnam, notably at the Opera and the Cultural Center in Hanoi.

 

Her first recording, Romantisme Hébraïque with pianist Michaël Ertzscheid, was on the Jade label (Universal Music). To coincide with this release, Isabelle Durin appeared at the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris, in a showcase at  the Les Halles Forum, at the Shoah Memorial, in the Copernic ULIF Synagogue, the Bernard Lazare Circle in Grenoble; the Community Centres in Vincennes, Créteil, Nogent-sur-Marne, Geneva, Strasbourg and Reims, in Zagreb; at the Galicia Jewish Museum of Krakow, the Jewish Mueum of Prague; in the cultural centres of Cluj, Timisoara and Iasi (Roumania); in the United States (Miami, West Palm Beach, Puerto Rico) and in Colombia (Bogota, Medellin and Cali). This major tour was organised by the American branch of the French League, the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam and recently in London, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and Queen's College, Oxford.

Her latest CD, Mémoire et Cinéma (Paraty/PIAS) with the pianist Michaël Ertzscheid, was released in 2018. This recording led to concerts in Toronto during the Holocaust Education Week, at the Shoah Memorial, in the synagogues of Obernai and Bordeaux, the Museum Dauphinois and Museum of Resistance in Grenoble, at the Chateau d'Etelan, during the Rencontres Musicales de Capvern, in Strasbourg during the Librairies idéales festival, the ORT School of Montreuil, the Ranelagh Theatre and the Chateau of Motte-Tilly.

In August 2018 Isabelle Durin made her début in China, during a tour of nine concerts for violin and piano across the country.

She is also artistic director of the "Summer Harmonies" festival in Villeneuve l'Archevêque.

 

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