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Faculty

The Issigeac International Music Academy (IIMA) offers the commune of Issigeac and indeed the whole of the Southern Perigord a wonderful opportunity to invite some of the world’s leading classical musicians and music teachers to our community.

Artist Director – Ishani Bhoola

Ishani is a violinist with a distinguished career on both sides of the Atlantic. After being a multi-prize winning student, she left the Guildhall School of Music in 1988 to become a member of the BBC orchestra, the London Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestra.

In 1997 Ishani moved to Chicago where she was a founding member of the Montag Ensemble and became a member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.

She moved to Los Angeles in 2000, and joined the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony Orchestras, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Opera. Ishani also spent 10 years freelance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and playing in the studios.

Back in the UK since 2010 she freelances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, and provides private violin lessons.

She founded the Waverley Ensemble which is a baroque string group with local players from Surrey.

Ishani is also an Associate of London’s Royal College of Music and an Associate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since 2015 she has owned a holiday home near Issigeac.

Choral Director – Dr Richard Jenkinson

Ishani Bhoola

Ishani is a violinist with a distinguished career on both sides of the Atlantic. After being a multi-prize winning student, she left the Guildhall School of Music in 1988 to…

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Michael Trainor

Michael Trainor has a varied career as soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster. His solo performances have included many BBC radio broadcasts but the standout performances have included Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto…

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Rebecca Chan

Rebecca Chan was born in Melbourne and studied violin with Alice Waten at the Australian National Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium and with William Hennessy at Melbourne University, where…

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Tetsuumi Nagata

Tetsuumi Nagata was born in Canada and began studying the violin at the age of five. When he was twelve, he was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School,…

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Jessie Ann Richardson

Cellist Jessie Ann Richardson is rapidly establishing herself as both a soloist and chamber musician around the UK and Europe, having thrilled audiences with her virtuoso and sensitive musicianship. Chosen…

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