Izabella Budai has been an active flutist for the past sixteen years, performing extensively in solo, orchestral and chamber music settings. A former Principal Flutist with the Kindred Spirits Orchestra, the London Community Orchestra and a frequent extra for Orchestra London in the past, she now freelances in the Toronto area and devotes most of her time to chamber music. In addition to numerous short-term collaborations with instrumentalists in the area she is founding member of the duo Flautas del Fuego with fellow flutist Alhelí Pimienta and Duo Agilis with pianist Peichen Chen. Izabella studied with Camille Watts, Nora Shulman (University of Toronto) and Annelie Metrakos (University of Western Ontario) as well as János Bálint at various summer programs in Hungary and Italy.
Izabella has recently been awarded her Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance degree at the University of Toronto where she won several grants in support of her research, including the Hungarian Helicon Foundation Graduate Award in 2011 and 2013 and a Travel Grant from the School of Graduate Studies. Her doctoral dissertation won the National Flute Association’s 2014 research competition.
A passionate teacher, Izabella maintains a busy teaching schedule working with young flutists in her private studio as well as at Montcrest School and the Toronto Academy of Music Canada.