ISABELLE LAFORÊT SENGER
A Southern California native, violinist Isabelle LaForêt Senger received her Master’s degree from UC Los Angeles, magna cum laude, and Bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego, summa cum laude. While in San Diego, she was a member of the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Chamber Orchestra, as well as Principal Second Violin of the Orquesta de Baja, California. After returning to Los Angeles, she performed with numerous prominent orchestras including the Los Angeles and Pacific Opera Orchestras and the Pasadena, Long Beach, and Pacific Symphonies.
Her primary instructors include Mark Kaplan, Mark Baranov, and Janos Nygyesy. She has participated in the Spoleto Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Eastern Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Senger is a founding member of the Crown City String Quartet. She has performed as a guest artist and in recital with such artists as Martin Chalifour, Heiichiro Ohyama, Frank Almond, Trio West, Orloff/Walz Duo, and the Thies Consort. As a recipient of the Maxwell H. Gluck Fellowship, she was a member of the Gluck Piano Trio, representing the UCLA School of Music at a number of institutions and workshops in Southern California. As a member of the Spoleto Quartet, she performed throughout Italy in 1999 representing the Spoleto Festival Chamber Program at locations including Konzertsaal Pfalzbau, Wiener Konzerthaus, Spoleto Duomo Piazza, and Teatro Puccini di Firenze.
Ms. Senger has worked with renowned composers in the Motion Picture recording studios, and has performed regularly on the Television series’ The Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, and King of the Hill. She has contributed to the albums of many of today’s top recording artists, including Christina Aguilera, John McLaughlin, James Blunt, Mandy Barnett, Tiffany (produced by Dr. Dre), Evanescense, and Kanye West. She has also performed live with Andrea Bocelli, Olivia Newton-John, Donna Summer, Randy Newman, Yanni, John Tesh, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Keely Smith.
After moving to Bend in 2007, Ms. Senger founded High Desert Chamber Music, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. In addition to serving as Executive Director, she develops, organizes, and instructs all the Educational Outreach programs offered through the organization. Ms. Senger has been featured on the cover of the Bend Bulletin’s “U Magazine”, and has been the recipient of the Cascade Business News “Accomplished Under 40” award.