Brian Isaacs


American violist Brian Isaacs attended Yale University, where he received his master’s degree in Viola Performance as a student of Ettore Causa and his bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He will be based in Berlin starting September 2023 as a member of the Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker. Brian received several awards while at Yale and won both the School of Music’s Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition (2023) and the College’s William Waite Concerto Competition (2022). He was a semifinalist at the Primrose International Viola Competition (2021) and the Kodály International Music Competition (2022), and was a prizewinner of the Rubinstein International Viola Competition (2019). He has performed in numerous American, Asian and European festivals and academies, including Bowdoin, Gimhae, Heyri, Moritzburg, NUME, NYO-USA, NYSOS, Schiermonnikoog, Taos, Thy and Yanghwajin. He attended the Verbier Festival Academy in 2022. Brian plays on a 2011 Douglas Cox viola, on generous loan from the Virtu Foundation.