Harpist, Composer and Educator
Professional musician for more than 20 years, performing and recording with many great musicians such as Beñat Achiary, Michel Bénita, Thomas Beuf, David Binney, Marc Buronfosse, Tommy Crane, Tam de Villiers, Catherine Delaunay, Jacques Dor, Peter Erskine, Alexandra Grimal, Brigitte Jacquot, David Linx, Didier Lockwood, Fabrice Moreau, Louis Moutin, Eivind Opsvick, Monica Passos, Joe Quitzke, Johan Renard, Olivier Sens, Sébastien Texier, David Venitucci, Norma Winstone…, and many other in more than 20 countries.
Recorded 6 albums of her own compositions in France and in Germany, and a DVD. She composed music for theater, film scores, exhibitions, poetry, dance and puppet shows. She has been nominated for the French Victory of Jazz for “Year Revelation” and received an “Outstanding Musicianship“award from the Berklee School of Jazz in Boston.
Teacher in Master Classes all over the world: France, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Germany, England, Canada, Bulgaria, Mauritania, Senegal, and Spain. Member of Paros Jazz Academy for the second time.
“This musician [...] never fails to magical aesthetics
attached to it. Alone or faced with electronic machines by
Olivier Sens, she develops a language almost Monkish,
refusing any gratuitous virtuosity in favor of an
exploration of the potentialities of this instrument.”
Bernard Loupias - Le Nouvel Observateur
“Between the notes and silence, harmony and dissonance,
purity and artifice, the heart of Isabelle Oliver continues
to swing. This graceful indecision gives all her wealth to
expressive music and narrative, which is finally able to be
collected without being consensually crass.”Richard Robert -
Isabelle Olivier does not prompt to write about the music
but to rush to the instrument