bio

Italian saxophonist, composer and music producer, Isabella Fabbri is a multifaceted artist within the classical, contemporary and electronic music scenes. She performs as a soloist, in symphonic orchestras and she is co-founder of several artistic projects, which embrace different music influences and art forms.

Isabella has performed in some of the most prestigious theaters and concert halls including Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro San Carlo in Napoli, Flagey in Bruxelles, Cité de la Musique et de la Danse in Strasbourg, as well as in international music festivals counting Venice Biennale, Milano Musica Festival, George Enescu Festival in Bucharest and Música Nova Festival in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo.

Winner of national and international competitions, she collaborated with Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra del Teatro Regio di Torino, Orchestra del Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, European Contemporary Orchestra, working with notorious conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Wayne Marshall, Antonio Pappano and collaborating with international composers like Ivan Fedele, Peter Eötvös, Michael Nyman.

Her site-specific performance Sounds at an Exhibition was presented in 2015 at the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, during the 17th World Saxophone Congress. This project won the Movin’Up Prize supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture and it counts several artistic residencies in prestigious venues, like MART in Rovereto and CENART in Mexico City.

Isabella is co-founder of: Senza, Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet, Amerindia Ensemble, Gershwin Quintet, Bateau-Lavoir CollectiveDEI.

She recorded for the labels DECCA, Da Vinci Publishing and Digressione Music. In 2018 she founded the recording label Good Waves Music and in 2020 the recording studio Ca' Nova artistic house, where she composed and produced her first solo album Rainbow, with original music for saxophone, voice and electronics inspired by the 7 chakras of Indian culture.

D'Addario, BG France and Yanagisawa endorsed artist, she represents the brand D’Addario during events, international competitions and congresses dedicated to saxophone and clarinet, all over Europe.

She is Professor of saxophone at the Conservatoire de la Vallée d'Aoste.

Isabella started to play saxophone under the direction of Marco Gerboni at the Conservatory of her hometown, Ferrara, where she got a bachelor’s degree in classical saxophone and a master’s degree in chamber music, cum laude. She received cum laude her master’s degree in saxophone from the Conservatory of Milan, specializing in contemporary repertoire with Mario Marzi. She continued her studies with Philippe Geiss incorporating musical improvisation and electronic music production at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, where she obtained her specialization diploma in saxophone performance. In addition to this, she attended to several masterclasses with international teachers, 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 music cognition (psychology, pedagogy and neuroscience of music) at the Teatro alla Scala Academy in Milan. She is now pursuing a PhD in arts at the University of Lisbon.