Isabelle Sanderling-Besançon

Isabelle Sanderling-Besançon

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Jennie Sokoloff Chair

First year with SO: 2003

Hometown: Dijon, France

Instrument: Isabelle plays on a cello made by the family of Klotz in 1850.

European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) 1992-1996; Master's Degree (First Prize) – Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de Danse de Paris; Post-Graduate Studies – Hochschule für Musik

Isabelle joined the Sarasota Orchestra as a section cellist in 2003. Isabelle also serves as a section cellist with Teatro del Maggio Fiorentino, and has previously held positions with Orchestre de Bretagne, Fondazione Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento, and Fondazione Arturo Toscanini di Parma.

In addition, Isabelle has previously performed with Orchestre de l'Opera Bastille, Orchestre National de Radio – France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio – France, and Orchestre de Paris.

In her spare time, Isabelle enjoys yoga, gardening, and going to museums with her husband.

Career Highlights:
Isabelle is most proud of achieving her Master's Degree (First Prize) Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de Danse de Paris (1994) with Philippe Müller. She tries to make every concert a highlight.


Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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