Isabel Ong was born in Berrien Springs, Michigan and started violin at a young age. She is currently studying at Juilliard pursuing her Masters degree in violin performance while studying under Laurie Smukler. Previously, she has studied under Grigory Arutyunyan, Carla Trynchuk, and Joseph Lin.
Isabel won first place in the Fort Wayne Young Artist Competition at the age 9 and consequently made her solo orchestral debut performing Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto. Isabel won First Place at the LaPorte Florence Young Artist Concerto Competition in 2005, 2008 and 2009. In 2008 and 2009, she received the Grand Prize in the South Bend Young Artist Competition and as well as in Michigan’s Ypsilanti’s National Young Artist Competition. In 2009, Isabel took third place in the Andrews University’s 2nd Annual International String Competition (ages 1530). She was given an Honorable Mention in the Stulberg National String Competition and also in the 2008 Richardson International Competition.
Isabel has often been involved in charity functions and benefit concerts, playing solo projects and collaborating with other musicians. She performed at ASAP’s 15th’s anniversary celebration honoring their nonprofit service of spreading higher education and implementing healthier and cleaner living conditions for the people of Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Additionally, she appeared in Muhammad Ali’s Charity Concert in the Howard Performing Arts Center. Also, Isabel has played in venues held by GYC/GC (both international organizations), is very active on 3ABN (a Christian related media), and was invited to WNIT TV (a PBS television member station).
Most recently, Isabel performed on the Taiwan Indigenous Television Channel 16. Isabel has also performed in Bermuda, Bahamas, Canada and all over the United States. Again in 2012, she was asked by Aletheia University of Tamsui, Taiwan to perform their 130th anniversary concert providing a mixed recital of Western Classical music and classically rendered Chinese folk pieces. In the summer of 2016, Isabel toured with the Abigail's Women's Ministry providing music concerts and charity work in different areas of Taiwan.
In the summer of 2012, Isabel was a Foulger Fellow at the Foulger International Music Festival at Kean University, New Jersey. She collaborated with prominent musicians such as Tom Landschoot, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Miranda Cuckson, Yoshie Akimoto, Max Levinson, and Scott Kluksdahl. In addition, she had the opportunity to play in master classes given by violist Samuel Rhodes and cellist Matt Haimovitz. This past July, Isabel traveled to Cortona, Italy to attend Cortona Sessions and premiered pieces by many of today’s upcoming contemporary composers. She was also a prize winner of the Contemporary Performance Competition and is scheduled to premiere a piece by composer, Jay Rauch, in the spring of 2017. Isabel is also a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble led by Joel Sachs at the Juilliard School.
Bach to Wuorinen. Basically anything goes for me - requests are also always appreciated!