Isang Enders has developed his career very rapidly and now enjoys wide recognition as a musician who has established a distinctive cultural profile, displaying his many talents as soloist, chamber artist, orchestral musician and teacher, from the music of the Baroque through the rich Classical-Romantic repertoire up to the newest music by emerging composers.
Born in Frankfurt am Main in 1988 to German and Korean parents both of whom were musicians, he proved himself a budding professional when he began studying with Michael Sanderling at the age of 12. Gustav Rivinius, Truls Mørk, and his particular mentor the American cellist Lynn Harrell all influenced his music in very different and often challenging ways.
When he was twenty, Isang Enders entered into a four-year engagement as first cellist of the Dresden Staatskapelle and, as Germany's youngest solo cellist at the time, honed his skills under principal conductors Fabio Luisi and later Christian Thielemann. Isang Enders now teaches at the College of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main, where his education first began.
Isang Enders has performed as a soloist with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Myung-Whun Chung, Gabriel Feltz and Pablo Heras-Casado; with orchestras like the Dresden Staatskapelle, Berlin's Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart Philharmonic and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra; at the Rheingau Music Festival, the Dvorak Festival in Prague, the Festival of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and the Verbier and Davos festivals.
His commitment to chamber music remains broadly based, as can be seen by his recent foundation of Ensemble Ceres. His partners to date include young musicians like Kit Armstrong, Igor Levit, Julien Quentin, Alexandra Soumm and Sebastian Manz; Quatuor Hermès, Tzimon Barto, Romain Guyot and Roger Muraro.
An event of particular importance this year is his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra under Eliahu Inbal, followed closely by his debut in Brahms's Double Concerto with Yuki Manuela Janke in the hall of the Vienna Musikverein, his guest appearance at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival for Igor Levit's "Friends Project" and his contribution to the third edition of Festival 3B in Wuppertal.
Isang Enders was widely commended for his debut album "Mit Myrten and Rosen" with pianist Andreas Hering, which highlights the songfulness of his playing and reflects his early years as a boy chorister, and which addresses his mother’s origins through the works of Korean composer Isang Yun. His repertoire echoes his fruitful Dresden years and features some first recordings, notably with Schumann's complete works for cello and piano.
His complete recording of the cello suites of Johann Sebastian Bach this spring will represent a further milestone in his career, raise the profile of this young artist and build a bridge to a new project for solo cello and electronica called ELEMENTS, which will include commissioned works and premieres of composers Kit Armstrong, Charlotte Bray, Vassos Nicolaou and Francesco Tristano.
Isang Enders has benefited from various arts awards and scholarships, especially those of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (study foundation of the German nation) and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben (German musical life foundation), whose instrument fund has for some years now entrusted him with the use of a cello bearing the label "Joseph Gagliano Filius, Neapoli 1720", a loan in trust from a Hamburg family.