Biography

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Isabelle grew up in Paris listening to her mother’s vocal exercises, her grandmother’s scales and the marvellous stories that her father told her. She took to the stage for the first time with the Victor Cuno company in From Harlem to Broadway, and then performed in Marilyn de Montreuil, Chère Daisy, Happy Feet, Phi Phi and La Crise est Finie, thus becoming a “triple threat:" a singer, dancer and actress. 

Isabelle played a string of lead roles, in Barnum (J. P. Lucet/Les Célestins, Lyon), Le Passe Muraille (M. Legrand/Les Bouffes Parisiens, Paris), Nymph Errant (R. Redfarn/Chichester Festival UK), Singin’ In the Rain (J. L. Grinda/ORW Belgium & Théâtre de la Porte Saint Martin, Paris), La Périchole (J. Savary/Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris), L’Air de Paris opposite Patrick Dupond (T. Harcourt/Théâtre Le Comédia, Paris), Et Si On Chantait (D. Bréval/Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris) and Titanic the Musical (J. L. Grinda/ORW, Belgium), where she met Maury Yeston and Frederik Steenbrink. Together with Frederik Steenbrink, she wrote and performed Une Étoile et Moi (a tribute to Judy Garland), in Paris, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (where she won The Fringe Award for best singer), on tour in England, in Holland, at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (Australia) and at the Théâtre Antoine, directed by Eric Métayer.

She produced and performed the French version of December Songs by Maury Yeston (with French lyrics by Boris Bergman), at the Théâtre du Renard and at the Avignon Festival. She recorded the album at Nola Studio, and performed it at Tower Records, New York, for its launch by PS Classics

Back in France, Isabelle recorded Something to Live For, with acclaimed French jazz pianist René Utreger, and played opposite Jean-Claude Dreyfus in Gerald Garutti's adaptation of Petit Traité de Manipulation.  She wrote and performed La French Touche at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Du Shtetl à New York with Sirba Octet at the Île-de-France Festival, at Théâtre de l’Européen in Paris, La Cigale in Paris, at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Germany) and at the Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.

With Josette Milgram, Isabelle crafted and directed Cabaret Terezin, based on cabaret songs written in the Theresienstadt ghetto (with French lyrics by Boris Bergman), at the Théâtre Marigny in Paris. With Richard Schmoucler, she conceived Yiddish Rhapsody which she performed with Sirba Octet and the Pau Symphonic Orchestra, first at the Palais Beaumont in Pau and La Cigale in Paris, then at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. 

Inspired by Daniel Klajner, she considered Norbert Glanzberg's biography, and with Jean-Luc Tardieu's help, wrote Padam Padam, one of the biggest successes in Paris in 2010-2011 (Théâtre La Bruyère, Théâtre des Mathurins and Théâtre de La Gaîté Montparnasse.) 

Isabelle was the special guest of Victoires de la Musique Classique, special guest of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Chorégies d’Orange, before 9,000 people and 2 million TV viewers, and special guest of the Radio Classique Festival in Olympia. Isabelle won the Charles Oulmont Foundation prize

Inspired by Laurent Valière, she recorded a 50 minutes program for France Musique about American Musicals, then transformed it into Broadway en Chanté with Jean-Luc Tardieu's help. The show has been one of the biggest successes in Paris in 2012-2013 (Théâtre La Bruyère, Théâtre Déjazet) and has had a very successful run both at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 (Assembly Halls) and at la Folle Journée de Nantes 2014.

With Frederik Steenbrink, Isabelle created and performed a concert about American Musicals with Liège's Royal Philharmonic orchestra conducted by Fayçal Karoui and a Jazz quartet composed by Guillaume Naud (piano), Gilles Barikosky (Saxophone), David Grebil (Drums) and Jérôme Sarfati (Double bass), Symphonic Broadway at the famous Amsterdam's Concertgebouw (July 31st 2014), at Liège' Salle Philharmonique (December 18th and 19th 2014) and at Pau's Zenith January (3rd and 4th 2015). December 21st 2017 in Théâtre de Champs Elysées in Paris.

Isabelle made a highly acclaimed Parisian come-back with her personality show Chante ! directed by Anne Bourgeois in Théâtre Déjazet, Autumn 2014. After her noted performance at the Orange Chorégies 2015, she was Mrs C in the world first Musical adaptation of Stefan Zweig's novel, Twenty four hours in a woman's life in July 2015 in Theatre La Bruyère in Paris before bringing Oh Là Là!, her tour de chant to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, the Edinburgh Festival 2016 in the Famous Spiegeltent and at The Saint James Theater in London. Oh Là Là ! will make its Parisian debuts in winter 2017 at the Bal Blomet.

Most recently, Isabelle has created and performed Happy End, mixing Yiddsih, French and American songs with a revolutionary touch for the France Musique Festival Occitanie Montpellier this summer and her Cd with acclaimed piano player Jeff Cohen, Vienne Paris Hollywood, celebrating the music of composers proclaimed by Goebbels as ‘degenerate Jewish artists » who took refuge in France or in Hollywood writing for cabaret or films in order to survive will be released September 22nd 2017.

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FrEdErik Steenbrink

A warm and beautiful timbre, a unique sense of "phrasé"... Generous and determined, demanding, passionate, an incredible sense of responsibility. He studies endlessly, he is always ready, curiosity tambour battant!  Together, we wrote and performed Judy and Me, La French Touche, Padam Padam, and Broadway en Chanté... Discover this extraordinary producer-performer!

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