Azra Isaacs


Cape Town-born viola player Azra Isaacs received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees under the direction of Assoc Prof Farida Bacharova at UCT’s South African College of Music. Both degrees were received with distinction, and she had individual distinctions in the subjects of Viola and Chamber Music. During her undergraduate degree, Azra was placed on the Dean’s Merit List each year, and in her 3rd and 4th years, received the Alfred Libochowitz Prize for Strings. She was also one of the first participants in the Schock Foundation Prize for Chamber Music, having been a finalist in the 2008 Inaugural competition. Azra was a soloist with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in the Artscape Youth Music Festival of 2006. She became a full-time member of this orchestra in 2009, and was appointed Associate Principal viola for the orchestra in 2017.