Jorge Isaac (born 1974, Cali, Colombia) completed his professional training under with Walter van Hauwe at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2000. In 2002 Isaac received his Master's degree in contemporary performance and live electronics at the same institution. In 2006 he was appointed as Professor of recorder at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Isaac’s specialist field is in contemporary music and the use of live electronics. He has won prizes at renowned contemporary music competitions such as the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition 2001 (including the special prize "best use of electronics") in The Netherlands and the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition of Contemporary Music in Poland (2001). In 2004 he was awarded the first prize at the Jur Naessens Music Award in Amsterdam with his multimedia production "Mensa Secunda". In 2007 he received an Award of Distinction at the Prix Ars Electronica in Austria for his work "Marionette".
As a soloist, Isaac has given a great variety of performances and masterclasses over the globe. He has participated in varied recording productions, such as radio broadcasts for the Hessen’s radio (HR4) in Germany, Teldec (Germany), blockflute samplers in the USA, and his own music together with pianist/composer Elik Alvarez (Los Angeles). He has performed at numerous international music festivals such as Hessen’s Festival (Korbach-Germany), Second International Blockflute Festival (Amsterdam), Ultima Festival (Oslo), Music for Galway (Ireland), Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam), Spazio Musica (Cagliari), International Music Forum (Kiev), Time of Music Festival (Finland), Festival ArteScienza (Rome).
Jorge Isaac has performed together with a.o. the ensembles ASKO & Schoenberg, the Dutch Chamber Orchestra, The National Dutch Ballet, The Dutch Opera, stage director Pierre Audi, blockflutist Walter van Hauwe, cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, composers György Ligeti, Roderik de Man, Jukka Tiensuu; and the conductor Reinbert de Leeuw.
He is at the moment involved with solo recitals, early and new music projects, multimedia research activities, his teaching activities at the Amsterdam Conservatory, and in the production of multidisciplinary performances together with Visisonor Media Productions. Among his own works: Mensa Secunda (2004), Voix égales (2005), OMONIA (2005/06), Sensorial Acts (2006), Marionette (2006–08), PANOPTICON (2007), are you here? (2007–08), Notes from Anatolia (2009).
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