Raisa Isaacs


Raisa Isaacs, pianist, and harpsichordist, earned her Doctorate of Chamber Music at Kazan State Conservatory, Russia.  She continued her studies in post-doctoral courses at Moscow Conservatory, Gnesinuch Russian Academy in Moscow and Gorky Conservatory in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia. As a harpsichordist, she studied at the Collegium of Early Music of Moscow Conservatory; with professors Lucy-Holman Russel (Germany), Edward Parmentier (University of Michigan) and Blandine Verlet (France). She served as Associate Professor and Head of Collaborative Piano Department at the Ufa State Institute of Arts (Conservatory), teaching chamber music, piano, and harpsichord.  She was Artistic Director and harpsichordist of the “Early Music Ensemble” of the Ufa State Institute of Arts. After moving to the US, she consistently performs chamber music as a pianist in programs “Chamber Music of Germany – XIX-XX c., Russian Piano Trios – Glinka, Rachmaninoff , and Chostakovich, From Mozart to Arvi Part, All-Beethoven- Kreutzer Sonata and Ghost Trio, and performs Baroque recitals on period instruments, creating her programs with soloists of ABO and Trinity Baroque in Atlanta, GA and in Florida. The programs include The German Baroque, The Court Music of Louis XIV, German-French Baroque, “Baroque Cocktail,” “Spain & Italy – Origins and Affects,””The Brilliance of the Baroque” and a lecture-recital program “Harpsichord Duets – J.S. Bach&Sons, and beyond…” Besides her performances in Atlanta Metro Area (Canon Chapel of the Emory University, Oglethorpe University Museum of Arts, Steinway Piano Gallery Atlanta, and Reinhardt University), she performed in Regensburg, GE, Ufa, RU, Ann Arbor, MI, Detroit, MI, Lucy Moses School, NY, Monmouth Conservatory, NJ, the Boston Goethe-Institute at the Boston Early Music Festival, MA.  She is a frequent lecturer on the historically informed Baroque Performance Practice for pianists and presented Baroque Performance Practice lectures-recitals at Georgia State University, AMTA, NDMTA, GMTA Conference and Summer Academy in Regensburg, Germany. Since relocation to Florida, Raisa Isaacs has presented lecture-recitals in the South Florida area at the Lynn University, FAU, Broward College South and Central campuses, St. Paul Musical Series in Delray Beach, and the Steinway Piano Gallery in Boca Raton. She’s been consistently participating in the WPC (World Piano Conference) in Novi Sad, Serbia for years and presented her researches in programs “Adaptation of the Harpsichord Idioms to Modern Piano”, Duo lecture-recital “J. S, Bach, his sons and beyond…”, a presentation on “Baroque rubato” with the demonstration on piano and harpsichord, and a presentation “Bach’s’ WTC, Vol.I. Genres behind…”