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Izzy SKinner

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Izzy Skinner is now studying a Masters in Music (Composition) at the Australian Institute of Music, after successfully graduating with an Honours year and Bachelor's degree from the Victorian College of the Arts, (Melbourne University) specializing in jazz and improvisation.

 

Skinners third new album ‘Haunting’ was created to push the boundaries of genre and create a unique listening experience. Filled with vintage and rustic sounds, Izzy evokes a sense of ethereality and eclecticism that is quite ~'haunting’. 

 Izzy started learning violin in Year 2 (2008) at the Little Yarra Steiner School and discovered her talent. She was soon concert master of several school groups including the Little Yarra Ensemble (LYE). LYE has recorded numerous CDs and toured regionally, as well as tours to Cairns and Hawaii. She has worked in groups, bands, and ensembles/orchestras with pop and operatic singers. In Year 10 she pursued a yearlong project to make a functional electric violin. After this she was inspired by the use of pedals and contemporary playing.

 

Izzy moved to the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School for VCE Studies
(2017/18) During this time she successfully completed her studies and transferred from classical to jazz. The yearly MRC (Melbourne Recital Centre) concert VCASS found Izzy on the poster and also playing electric violin for a piece commissioned for the show by Andrea Keller.

 

She has successfully completed up to grade 8 AMEB technical exams and corresponding music theory exams. She has sat as first violin in various summer school groups, (including an authentic baroque orchestra with gut strings), was concertmaster in Melbourne Youth Chamber Strings 2015, sat first violin for Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra, and spent two years with Melbourne Youth Orchestra, before leaving to focus on year 12 and jazz studies. Izzy has had numerous workshops and master classes with

notable artists such as Eoin Anderson, Trevor Jones and Phillipa West of the MSO, the ACO (Australian Chamber Orchestra) and Andrea Keller.

 

Izzy’s first work experience with the Melbourne based ‘Inventi’ ensemble also instilled confidence that a career in art is not just accomplishable, but also a fulfilling career.

 

During the first year of her Bachelor she started working in a music shop, joined two Mariachi bands, dabbled in recording string parts for her peers, won some recording time in a band competition and plays yearly in the quartet for Bach St Johns Passions with the LYE
choir in Swanston Street.

Izzy released her debut album in early 2022 titled Mr. Wizard after
spending two years in lockdown.
Her second album ‘Myriad’ was created for her honours year.


During her honours year, Izzy worked closely with Carnatic singer Shobha Sekhar and a First Nations mentor Rob Bundle (one of the
CEOs of the Songlines project). Izzy investigated storytelling and mood through music.

 

The new album has immaculate vibes, a lot of bangers and two instrumentals that showcase the haunting nature of the violin. Skinner recorded and mixed all the parts independently and she hopes you enjoy!

 

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