Isabelle Arseneau-Bruneau is both a classically-trained trumpet player and a researcher in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute – McGill University. As part of her PhD in Neuroscience, under the supervision of Robert Zatorre, she investigates the neuroplasticity mechanisms induced by musical training. Her current research aims to understand the neural enhancements observed in musicians with a multimodal approach that combines multiple neuroimaging methods (fMRI, EEG, MEG, TMS). Isabelle came to neuroscience after her Master’s in Music & Human Learning (2017) at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied the effect of attentional focus on trumpet performance and learning. At this institution, she also worked as a Research Assistant for Prof. Bharath Chandrasekaran’s SoundBrain Lab.
As a trumpet player, Isabelle performed with the Orchestre symphonique de l’Estuaire, the Rimouski Opera, the Ensemble à vents et percussions de Québec, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, the Gatineau Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and was featured as a rising start in the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. She gave master classes in Canada, the United States, and in Ecuador.
Isabelle first studied music at the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec with Yves Lussier and pursued graduate studies at The Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto with Andrew McCandless. As well, she completed a Master’s degree in Performance with Trent Sanheim and a B.A. in Music Education at Laval University (2015).