After the first performance of Sofia Gubaidulina's Trio for flute, viola and harp at the Salle Gaveau in Paris in January 1995,
Isabelle Perrin had the idea of forming a more lasting ensemble with two fellow soloists from the Orchestre National de France,
Philippe Pierlot, flute and Sabine Toutain, viola. It is the Turner
Trio's ambition and desire to make the combination of flute, viola
and harp — which inspired Claude Debussy through the wealth and
diversity of its timbres — better known to the general public. The
Turner Trio interprets original works, adding to its repertoire with
transcriptions and new works specially written for the ensemble.
After brilliantly completing her studies at the Conservatoire de Nice, France,
Isabelle Perrin gave her first recital at the age of
seventeen at a festival for young soloists: the Festival
Méditerranéen des Jeunes
Solistes. Following this, she studied for three years at the Juilliard School before joining the San
Francisco Symphony Orchestra. On her return to France, she was chosen by the
Jeunesses Musicales de France to go on tour giving recitals throughout France for three consecutive years,
thus introducing the harp to a wider public.
In 1990, she was named Co-principal Harpist of the Orchestre National de France and a participating soloist by the
Menuhin Foundation. She is also a winner of the Torneo Internazionale
de Musica, in Rome, Italy.
An international soloist, Isabelle Perrin is regularly invited to
play with many prestigious orchestras such as the Northwest Sinfonietta (Seattle), the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra,
the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, and the Orchestre National des Pays de la
Loire. During the 2000-2001 season, she will tour France, the United States,
Tunisia, South Africa, Italy, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, China and Japan.
Isabelle Perrin's personality has inspired composers to compose works for her. Pierick Houdy wrote especially for her his
Concerto français for harp and orchestra, which she played as a world premier in France with the Orchestre de
Bretagne. She has also performed the work with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and at the Rudolfinum Hall in Prague with the Radio
Prague Symphony Orchestra. Bernard Andres dedicated to her
his Danses d'Erzulie for harp, string orchestra and percussion, which
had its world premier
June 2000 in Cincinnati.
In addition to this recording, Isabelle Perrin has made other recordings, among which is a
recital of works of Bernard Andres on the Hortensia label, and the
recently released world premier on a single action harp of François-Adrien Boieldieu's works,
including the famous C major Concerto, on the Pavane label..
The youngest French musician to obtain the C.A. (French degree to teach in the Conservatoires Nationaux de Region),
Isabelle Perrin is currently teaching at the Conservatoire du XIVème arrondissement in Paris and gives master classes all
over the world.