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Isabelle Lapierre

, saxophone

Born in the Montreal region, Isabelle Lapierre is a soloist who is distinguishing herself more and more in the North American music scene. Though she professes a particular affection for the soprano saxophone, she also masters the alto saxophone. Dynamic and determined, Isabelle Lapierre is an ardent promoter of the classical saxophone.

She has won numerous prizes and distinctions. In 1992, she obtained First Prize at the Quebec Conservatory of Music in Montreal. In 1993, she won British Colombia's ClBC Music Festival. The following year, thanks to a grant from the Canadian Arts Council, she participates in the first Adolphe Sax International Competition in Belgium. She is the only North-American musician to have reached the semi-finals, and won the prize for best female participant. In 1997, she won the highest of honors at the International Stepping Stone of the Canadian Music Competition. Her subsequent tour of Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick, with pianist Stéphan Sylvestre, was awarded the %22Cecile Mesnard-Pomerleau%22 Prize by the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada for their high level of performance. Thanks to a grant from the Canada Arts Council, Isabelle Lapierre was then able to pursue her studies in France. To add to her instrument's repertoire, she often collaborates with composers. Many of their works are dedicated to her.
Montréal - Paris - Chicago
Isabelle Lapierre
October, 1998