Ischico Velzel (01-01-1996) was five years old when she started playing piano. After undergoing initial tuition with Asta Bjornsson and Jacques Hendriks, Ischico entered the Sweelinck Academy for young talent of the Conservatory of Amsterdam where she studied with Marcel Baudet. Subsequently she studied with Frank Peters for her undergrad studies.
Ischico recently finished her Master of Music at Conservatori del Liceu studying with Spanish music expert Albert Attenelle. Currently she is enjoying her second Master of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Petras Geniušas where she focuses mainly on Russian repertoire.
Ischico has played in several concert halls like Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, Musis Sacrum in Arnhem, Sloane Square in London and Casa Battló in Barcelona.
She has participated in masterclasses by Dmitri Alexeev, Jacques Rouvier, Mila Baslawskaya, David Kuyken, Hortense Cartier-Bresson, Stanislav Pochekin and Håkon Austbø. In the summer Ischico often participates in music festivals like Musicalp in Tignes, Barcelona Piano Academy and the Francigena Festival in Altopascio. She is very thankful to have received financial support from the Sophie Booy-baroness van Randwijck fund, the Heij-Konijn fund and the VSBfonds.
Besides playing solo, Ischico is very active in playing chamber music. She has studied in the academy of the Scholtes & Janssens piano duo in the Netherlands and had intensive piano duo coaching with Vesco Stambolov at Conservatori del Liceu.