Isabel Trautwein has been a member of the first violin section of The Cleveland Orchestra since September 2002. Previously she was a member of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony in Miami, the Houston Symphony, and the Pacifica String Quartet.
Ms. Trautwein has appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. As a student, she toured extensively throughout Europe, Africa, and India with Claudio Abbado’s European Youth Orchestra and performed chamber music at the Salzburger Festspiele and at the Aspen Festival in Colorado. For two summers she served as concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Upon receiving an undergraduate degree from the Musikhochschule Lübeck, Ms. Trautwein continued her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Donald Weilerstein. Passionate about bringing Classical music to new audiences, Ms. Trautwein started a series of chamber concerts, the Heights Arts House Concerts, which presents chamber music in beautiful and unique venues around Cleveland.
In 2006, Ms. Trautwein started an intergenerational orchestra for players of all ages called TACO – The Awesome Children’s Orchestra, which performs in community settings around town, most recently in January 2012 onstage at Severance Hall with over 70 musicians.
In 2010, Ms. Trautwein was selected for a year-long fellowship program in Boston and Venezuela to study the implementation of El Sistema programs in the U.S. With the help of generous community partners, she has launched two El Sistema programs in Cleveland. These daily after-school orchestra programs seek to provide inner-city youth with quality instrumental training and, over time, an equitable pipeline to all music making opportunities offered to youth in Cleveland. In September 2011, Ms. Trautwein launched El Sistema at Rainey Institute in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood and in September of 2013, El Sistema at University Circle, located within minutes of Severance Hall. In 2012, she received the Martha Joseph Award from the Cleveland Arts Prize and the Judson Smart Living Award in honor of her efforts to increase musical opportunities for Cleveland’s children.