Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, flute
Flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher is a compelling and versatile musician, performing internationally throughout the United States, China, Japan and Canada. The New York Times has called her “excellent,” noting her “lyrical fragment [and] particular sweetness [on] the bass flute.” Isabel is a core member of new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé and has made appearances with Le Train Bleu as part of the New Haven Arts and Ideas Festival as well as Cantata Profana in Boston and New York City, Contemporaneous and members of ICE. In the fall of 2016 Isabel will join the stage at Miller Theater with mentor Tara Helen O’Connor and percussionist Alex Lipowski to premiere a work by John Zorn. She has held Principal Flute positions in the Banff Festival Orchestra, and in the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Isabel won First Prize as well as Best Performance of the Commissioned Piece at the 2015 Myrna Brown Young Artist Competition in Texas. She will return to the festival in 2016 as Guest Artist and perform a solo recital. Previously, Isabel won second prize at both the South Carolina and Kentucky Flute Festival Young Artist Competitions. She has recently joined the Bridge Arts Ensemble as a Teaching Artist, where she will perform concerts, and teach workshops in public schools throughout the Adirondacks, New York. Isabel holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, as well as Master’s degree in Flute Performance from the Yale School of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. Her primary teachers include Dr. Tara Helen O’Connor, Mr. Ransom Wilson and Dr. Tanya Dusevic Witek.