Violinist Isabelle Briner was born in Lucerne in 1975. While still studying in Switzerland at the Musik-Akademie Basel (teaching and concert diploma) and in New York at the Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music), she began her career with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra.
Performances as a soloist and chamber musician followed: at the Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, the Stiftung für junge Musiktalente Meggen, the Young Artists in Concert in Davos, the Berliner Festspiele, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Albert Konzerte in Freiburg im Breisgau, the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, the Gustav Mahler Musikwochen Toblach and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
In 1998 Isabelle Briner joined the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, then newly founded by Claudio Abbado, and appeared with this ensemble at the most renowned festivals worldwide until 2017. She has also played with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since its founding in 2003.
Isabelle Briner also regular performs with her sister Sibylle Briner (piano) and appeared as a duo with violinist Henja Semmler between 1999 and 2004. This ensemble activity was awarded the Premio Franco Gulli in 2004. In the same year, the European Foundation for Culture singled her out for her immense talent and outstanding achievement. In 2012 Isabelle Briner joined forces with the cellist Eva Zahn (Principal Cello at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna) to establish a chamber music ensemble that ranges in size between a piano trio and a quintet.