Wani Ismail was born and raised in Malaysia.

“She started learning the violin at the age of 9 and gained her first orchestral experience a year later in a local youth music camp programme. Since then, she has always been interested in orchestral playing, but it was at the age of 16, when she got her first experience to play side-by-side with National Symphony Orchestra Malaysia that she decided to pursue music as a career. Wani enrolled in a local university, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) for her Diploma in Music and graduated with Vice Chancellor Award for her excellence in academic results. She then enrolled to another local university, University-College Sedaya International (UCSI) for her Bachelor Degree in Classical Music and graduated with Upper Second Class Honors. In 2017, she graduated from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), Cardiff, for Masters Degree in Music Performance. Throughout Wani’s musical journey, she has performed all around Malaysia, as well as around the Southeast Asia region. She was a member of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, as well as ASEAN-Russia Symphony Orchestra where the orchestra performed in Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei and Myanmar between 2011 to 2014. She was also a freelance musician in Kuala Lumpur, where she was hired to play in orchestra performing around Malaysia and Singapore.”

Aside from orchestral performance, Wani was also part of a string quartet group called Strings Attached Quartet based in Kuala Lumpur.

“Wani arranged plenty of the pop music into arrangements for string quartet for this group. During her time studying in RWCMD, she played with RWCMD Symphony Orchestra and RWCMD Opera Orchestra. She was also one of the members of Nightingale String Quartet where she got to be involved with a project with Paul Patterson where the quartet collaborate with a harpist to play the Welsh Premier of Patterson’s Spider’s Web for harp and string quartet. Wani has taken violin masterclasses with Dene Olding and Kirsty Hilton, from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Zvonnikov from the Orfeo Trio, Bogdan Bozovic from the Vienna Piano Trio, and Itzhak Rashkovsky. She has also taken chamber music masterclasses with Catherine Manson of the London Haydn Quartet, Elise Kuder of the Apple Hill String Quartet, Prof. Dr. James Miltenberger, and Lillian Green, from the United States, as well as with the Schubert Ensemble. Other than violin playing, Wani also studied composition during her studies in UCSI, which helped her to make music arrangements for various instrument combination. She usually composes during her spare time. In 2014, she joined the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in New York to understand the industry for film music, which is also one of her passions.”




Yellow Brick Road, Bukit Damansara

Mozart, Schubert, Ahmad Aliff, Wani Ismail
Other performers: Ahmad Aliff, Rini Fadil, Goay Xuan Hui


AJL 32 (11 February 2018, 9pm)

Axiata Arena (also live at TV3)

Salma Asis, Khai Bahar, Faizal Tahir, Altimet, Hazama, Ara Johari, Dayang Nurfaizah, Syamel, Haqiem Rusli, Hael Husaini, Wany Hasrita, Ernie Zakri.

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Catherine Leach