Isabel Vaz was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and started playing the cello by the age of seven. Isabel lived and studied in Lisbon until 2007, the year she moved to The Netherlands. She completed her bachelor and masters degrees at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Dmitry Ferschtman. During her studies she did two exchange semesters, one in Prague (HAMU) and the other one in New York (Manhattan School of Music). Isabel participated in masterclasses with cellists such as Gary Hoffman, Márcio Carneiro, Natalia Shakovskaya, Valter Despalj, Giovanni Sollima, Michel Strauss, Antonio Meneses. She was distinguished in several national and international competitions, both solo and chamber music, such as the 1st prize Prémio Jovens Músicos 2009 (with Quarteto Blanc), 3rd prize and public prize in Concurso de Interpretação do Estoril 2012, 1st prize in the International Chamber Music Competition Guido Papini 2013, prize Jeunesse Musical Deutschland in Premio Borciani 2014, 3rd prize in the international chamber music competition Val Tidone 2014, Premio Discografico in the Salieri Zinetti chamber music competition 2015 and the 1st prize in Concurso de Interpretação do Estoril 2016. In 2015 she was appointed a tutti cellist at the Noord Nederlands Orkest. Isabel has a duo with the concert pianist Vasco Dantas, with whom she also shares the artistic coordination of Algarve Music Series, an International Chamber Music Festival in Algarve. During the last few seasons Isabel has been making several solo appearances with various european orchestras such as Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Sonor Ensemble and the Zagreb Soloists, among others.