From a very young age, Isabelle was fascinated by the piano.
Winner of the Piano Défi Cup
at the Concours provincial de musique de Sillery.
Isabelle dedicates 4 hours a day
to perfecting her craft.
Musical Training and Awards
A native of Beauport, Isabelle began studying piano at age 6 and then quickly distinguished herself in various provincial, national, and international competitions, winning several awards. At 13, she was awarded the bronze medal at the Ludmila Knezkova-Hussey international competition in New Brunswick. The following year, she was invited on four occasions to perform with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec during its morning symphonies.
As a 19-year-old finalist in the Jeunes Artistes de Radio-Canada competition, she recorded a recital for the CBC at the Salle Henri-Gagnon music hall. That same year, she won first prize in the category "Advanced 1" during the Concours Clermont-Pépin competition. She won second place during the Canadian Music Competition in Toronto, Canada.
At the age of 20, Isabelle won first place in the Concours Solo avec Orchestre competition during the Université Laval’s annual celebrations at the Palais Montcalm de Québec. She earned a $5000 scholarship by winning this prestigious competition. At 22, Isabelle represented the province of Québec during the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations’ music competition at which she won first place.
Furthermore, Isabelle attended professional development sessions at the Orford Arts Centre with renowned pianists, including Marc Durand, André Laplante, Henri Brassard, and Richard Raymond. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance in Michèle Royer’s class at the Faculty of Music of the Université Laval. She further mastered her craft by completing a Master’s degree in Piano Performance with Paul Stewart at the Université de Montréal.
Today, Isabelle Mathieu is a renowned pianist who is regularly invited to perform at large-scale events and for important clients, such as Prince Albert of Monaco, the Government of Québec, Casino de Montréal and Casino du Lac-Leamy, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, CHUM, National Bank of Canada, and the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec. Isabelle has also been invited to accompany the Musique du Royal 22e Régiment during its tours as well as other musicians during coporate events, including Masques et bergamasques and Bellita. Isabelle was also the pianist for an advertizing campaign for Boulevard Lexus-Toyota as well as a harpsichordist and pianists for a series of shows, Les grands d’aujourd’hui racontent ceux d’hier, which took place at the Raoul-Jobin theatre at the Palais Montcalm in Québec City.
Her talents as a music arranger enabled her to produce and play the piano in the musical book 22 chansons de Noël, which sells thousands of copies each year in Québec and Europe. In addition to being a successful performer as well as an outstanding music director and arranger, Isabelle also has an entrepreneurial flair: in 2012, she founded her very own production company, Black Keys Agency.