Italian saxophonist with a classical background, Isabella Fabbri is a creative, versatile and experimental artist. She performs as a soloist, in symphonic orchestras or in ensembles and she is particularly interested in performances combining different music influences and different art forms.
Isabella has performed in some of the most prestigious theaters and concert halls including Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Cité de la Musique et de la Danse in Strasbourg, Flagey in Bruxelles as well as in international festivals including MITO SettembreMusica, Venice Biennale, Milano Musica Festival, George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Música Nova Festival in São Paulo and Laberitos Sonoros Festival in Mexico City.
Her solo project “Sounds at an Exhibition” - a performance for museums of modern and contemporary art - was presented in 2015 during the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg and it has been on tour in museums all over the world ever since. Her project won the Movin’up Prize 2015 supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture.
Winner of national and international competitions, she collaborates with Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome, Orchestra “G. Verdi” of Milan and Orchestra del Teatro Regio of Turin, playing with notorious conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Peter Eötvös, Wayne Marshall, Vasily Petrenko, Antonio Pappano. She is also a member of the European Contemporary Orchestra with whom she has performed at many contemporary music Festivals all over Europe collaborating with international composers as Ivan Fedele.
She performs in duo with the Italian pianist Davide Finotti; she is part of the Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet with whom she collaborates with the composer Michael Nyman; she is a member of the Gershwin Quintet, a group composed by a saxophone quartet and a piano focused on the music of the American composer George Gershwin. Recently she started a duo project with the multi-instrumentalist Damiano Della Torre, composing pieces for acoustic and electronic instruments on a loop.
She recorded for the labels Digressione Music and DECCA.
Isabella started to play saxophone under the direction of Marco Gerboni at the Conservatory of Ferrara, her hometown, where she got a bachelor’s degree in classical saxophone and a master’s degree in chamber music cum laude. She received her master’s degree in saxophone cum laude from the Conservatory of Milan, specializing in contemporary music with Mario Marzi. She continued her studies with Philippe Geiss incorporating musical improvisation and electroacoustic creation at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, where she obtained her specialization diploma. In addition to this, she attended to several masterclasses with international artists, such as Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Jean-Denis Michat, Jean-Marie Londeix. She graduated cum laude in musicology at the University of Pavia whilst also specializing in pedagogy of music at the Teatro alla Scala Academy in Milan. She is now pursuing a PhD in performing arts at the University of Lisbon.