Izabel Markova

was born in 1997 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She begins her musical studies with the classical piano and singing at the age of three. At the age of eleven she enters the National School of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria with viola in the class of prof. Stefan Jilkov. During her studies she receives first prizes from international viola competitions such as: “Balkan Festival for Youths”, The International String Competition-Nis, International Competition for German and Austrian Music-Burgas, International Competition “Dobrin Petkov”- Plovdiv, First prize and EMCY prize from the International Competition “Young Virtuosos” – Sofia (2015). She is invited to perform as a soloist with professional orchestras such as Classic FM, Simfonieta Sofia, The Bulgarian National Radio Philharmonics.  

In 2015 Izabel is accepted in Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in the viola class of prof. Alexander Zemtsov. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree, she decides to continue her studies and successfully passes the audition for the Master Soloist program in HEMU, becoming one of very few violists to be accepted. 

As a college student she continues her development as soloist musician as well as an ensemble and orchestra player. In 2017 she is awarded the Special Prize of “Blatow” Foundation from Anton Rubinstein Viola Competition in Dusseldorf. 

At 19 years old she makes a very significant step towards her professional career becoming a substitute violist in the esteemed Zurich Opernhaus. At only 21 years of age, she proceeds to win the permanent position, becoming one of the youngest members in the orchestra. She is also invited as a guest player in orchestras such as Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Camerata Venia Orchestra, United Strings of Europe, Camerata Nordica and others.

Her chamber music experience includes concerts and festivals with world renown musicians: Misha Maisky (Musica Mundi Festival, Belgium), Pavel Vernikov, Svetlana Makarova, Henri Demarquette, Alexander Zemtsov (HEMU concerts), Boris Garlitsky (Villa Musica festival).