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Italian saxophonist and composer, Isabella Fabbri engages audiences worldwide with her solo performances, innovative artistic projects and orchestral collaborations. Active in both classical and electronic music scenes, her original compositions blend acoustic and electronic sounds, drawing inspiration from the spiritual wisdoms of diverse cultures around the globe.

​She has performed in some of the most prestigious theaters and concert halls, including Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, Théâtre National La Criée in Marseille, Flagey in Brussels, CENART in Mexico City, as well as in international music festivals, counting Biennale Musica in Venice, Festival MITO in Milan, George Enescu Festival in Bucharest, Música Nova Festival in São Paulo.

Winner of national and international competitions, she collaborated with Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, 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 Peter Eötvös, Ivan Fedele, Michael Nyman. She premiered over 20 new compositions for saxophone and she took part to the Italian version of the opera Lazarus by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, directed by Valter Malosti.

 

She recorded for the labels DECCA, Da Vinci Publishing and Digressione Music. She founded the web radio RaDioSky, the record label Good Waves Music and the music production studio CA' NOVA artistic house, where she currently produces her own music. Her debut album with original music, Rainbow, inspired by the 7 chakras of Indian culture, was presented at Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan and during several international festivals, in Italy and abroad. She is now on tour with her second solo album Elementa, a sonic journey dedicated to the natural elements, viewed through the lens of shamanic cultures.

Isabella is also part of various artistic projects: Sola (sax and electronics)Sounds at an Exhibition (site-specific performance), Duo ff (sax, piano and video installation), Mirroring (sax and choreography)Elise Hall Saxophone Quartet (sax quartet), BQ - Baritone Saxophone Quartet (baritone sax quartet)Amerindia Ensemble (sax quintet), Gershwin Quintet (sax quartet and piano)Bateau-Lavoir Collective (mixed ensemble)DEI (voice/sax/ethnic instruments and voice/synth).

 

D'Addario, BG France and Yanagisawa international artist, she represented the prestigious brand D’Addario Woodwinds as a Product Specialist during international saxophone competitions, festivals and congresses all over Europe, counting Adolphe Sax International Competition in Dinant, Andorra Sax Fest in Andorra and World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb.

 

She is currently Professor of saxophone at the Vibo Valentia Conservatory of Music in Italy and she conducts masterclasses on saxophone and music career development both in Italy and abroad.

Isabella began studying saxophone under the guidance of Marco Gerboni at the Conservatory of her hometown, Ferrara, where she earned a diploma in classical saxophone and a master's degree in chamber music, graduating cum laude. Additionally, she attained a master's degree in classical saxophone, cum laude, under the direction of Mario Marzi at the Conservatory of Milan, presenting a recital featuring new works for saxophone dedicated to her by Italian composers. She furthered her musical education in France with Philippe Geiss at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, obtaining a specialization diploma in saxophone performance, while also studying electronic music with Tom Mays. Moreover, she participated in numerous masterclasses led by renowned saxophonists, including Claude Delangle, Jean-Marie Londeix, Vincent David, Jean-Denis Michat, Arno Bornkamp, Federico Mondelci, among others. She also studied modern singing with Viviana Corrieri at the Scuola di Musica Moderna in Ferrara.

Graduating cum laude in musicology from the University of Pavia under the guidance of Fabrizio Della Seta, Isabella simultaneously specialized in music cognition (psychology, pedagogy and neuroscience of music) at the Teatro alla Scala Academy in Milan, mentored by Carlo Delfrati and Tomaso Vecchi. Ultimately, she obtained a PhD in arts from the University of Lisbon, working with José Bogalheiro.
 

In addition to her studies in music, musicology and music pedagogy, she embarked on a research path in practices for personal and professional development, which culminated in her participation in the career and job success in the music industry course under the direction of Peter Spellman, promoted by the Berklee College of Music.

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