Born in 2003, Isobel Cumpston has been playing the piano since three years of age. Isobel currently studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, in her final year under Clemens Leske. During her studies, Isobel has been awarded multiple music prizes and scholarships including the Hon. James Thomas Walker Prize, the inaugural Doug and Margot Anthony (BUDD) Music Grant, the Gilliam Prize, and the USYD Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Scholarship.
Competition successes include the Queensland Young Pianist’s Award, which she won in 2019, and gold prize in the Bangkok International Piano Competition 2021. Isobel has performed as a collaborative and orchestral pianist with the Dots+Loops festival, Queensland Youth Orchestra and George Ellis Orchestra in Sydney, and has been awarded her AmusA on both piano and clarinet.
Isobel has participated in several masterclasses and seminars on piano with internationally acclaimed artists including Annique Göttler, Alexander Seidel, Eric Schoones, Cécile Prakken, Gustav Alink, and Steinway artist Tania Tachkova. Recently, Isobel spent time at the International Piano Academy in Disentis, Switzerland with mentors including Sergei Edelmann, Konstantin Scherbakov and Bruno Monsaingeon. There she had the opportunity to workshop several new pieces and study in an intensely creative space. Isobel is very excited to be returning to her Sunshine Coast home to make her concerto debut in the Winter Series, Musical Kaleidoscope.