Sphinx Symphony Shaun & Crystal Wilson Chair Sphinx Virtuosi Sphinx Competition 2005 Junior Division semi-finalist - age 17 2004 Junior Division semi-finalist - age 16
A Venezuelan native, violinist Isabel Escalante started her musical career at El Conservatorio de Música de Carabobo in Valencia. In 2003, she was granted a full scholarship at the University of Southern Mississippi where she received her Bachelor’s degree with honors in violin performance. She has received numerous awards in several competitions including 3rd place in the Emil Friedman Violin Competition and 1st place in the 2007 William T. Gower Competition. She was a semifinalist in the Sphinx Competition and the Lennox International Young Artist Competition. Ms. Escalante made her solo debut at age 9 with the Carabobo Youth Orchestra and has appeared as a soloist with the University of Southern Mississippi Orchestra. Ms. Escalante has performed with a number of orchestras in the U.S including the Houston, Sphinx, Stamford and New World Symphony Orchestras. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Escalante performs regularly with the Sphinx Virtuosi and is a founding member of ALKALI, a new groundbreaking ensemble with whom she held a two-weeklong residency in Curacao to expose underprivileged children from 15 different schools to classical music for the first time. A strong advocate for music education, Ms. Escalante was one of the founding teachers of the Baton Rouge Children’s Charter School string Program in Louisiana. She has taught private lessons, string class and chamber music in the Jackson Public School System, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, SOL LA Music Academy in Santa Monica and just joined the new team of string teachers at the Orange Unified School District where she will be responsible for creating a new curriculum for 5th and 6th graders.