Izabela Iwanowska was born in Koszalin in Poland. She first studied with Prof. M. Pawlak at the Gdansk Academy of Music, graduating in 2006. After spending a semester with Ina Kertscher in Hanover, in 2007 she continued her studies at the Lucerne College of Music, where she took her MA in orchestral music and teaching with Sebastian Hamann and Igor Karsko.
Izabela Iwanowska received several valuable prizes in Polish competitions for violin and chamber music and lastly held a scholarship from the Lucerne Conservatory Society.
She was accepted as a trainee with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, joined the Hanseatica Chamber Orchestra of Gdansk, participated in the Bolzano Academy of Modern Music and led the Sinfonia Baltica of Slupsk and the Young Symphony Orchestra of Berlin. She has been a permanent member of the Lucerne Festival Strings since 2010.
Chamber music is her greatest passion. She is a founding member of the Ensemble Sherazade, and regularly performs with it and with the LuzernQuartett, with which she completed string quartet studies with the Alban Berg Quartet at the Cologne College of Music.
How did you become a member of the Lucerne Festival Strings?
«Fellow-students in Lucerne and the recommendation of my teacher Sebastian Hamann introduced me to the Lucerne Festival Strings in 2008. A few tours abroad were all I needed to make me want to work regularly with the orchestra. I love the travelling, and the collegiality and adventurous spirit in this ensemble. No-one here is happy just to leave things as they have always been. Everyone strives to give their best, to learn from mistakes and to be innovative. Many shared concerts and discussions have turned colleagues into friends and tours into real adventures.»