Raised in Atlanta in a musical household, Izaak began playing at a young age under his parents’ instruction. He studied in the studios of Levon Ambartsumian, Shakhida Azimkodjaeva, and Dr. Michael Heald at the University of Georgia, and Raymond Leung of the Atlanta Symphony. Izaak graduated in 2015 from the University of Georgia with a degree in Violin Performance and a minor in English. He currently is studying towards his Masters in Violin Performance with Dr. Linda Wang at the University of Denver.
On the stage, he has been the second violinist in the Walton String Quartet since 2011, an events quartet based in Atlanta that has performed at various events across the southeast. He has performed with a variety of ensembles, from the Macon Symphony to Origin Creative, a recording orchestra based in Atlanta, GA. While primarily a classical musician, Izaak also dabbles in improvisatory styles, and had the opportunity to perform behind Kishi Bashi at the Georgia Theatre in April of 2014.
Izaak has taught around the Atlanta area since 2015, teaching a wide variety of ages, levels, and styles. As a teacher, he is especially passionate about helping students find the best sound on their instrument, both through technical setup and musical development. Finding a strong, focused sound as a foundation for their further studies can, and will, carry the student far into their musical explorations!