He saunters down the halls with a subtle confidence and a face carved in stone. He’s the kind of guy that distances himself from petty drama, and boyish indulgences. Although brilliant, he would never admit it. Even back in 8th grade he would silently conquer Algebra tests as others loudly voiced their achievements. In my struggle, his calming whisper helped me fight through difficulties of comprehending Mr. Kim’s lectures. While he understands the seriousness of school, his unique sense of humor keeps his mood light. In the five years that I have known him, I have never once seen him without being warmly greeted, and pleasantly uplifted.
What many people may not know is that Issac plays the cello. To say he simply plays would be an understatement. Issac began playing at the tender age of 7, but became serious at age 14. Issac is on track to become a world class musician. The best part about his talent is that he loves doing it.
Issac says he thinks “its cool that cello along with other string instruments have not really evolved and it is still played the way it was years ago.”
He loves the honesty of the instrument. “What you put in is what you get out,” he says. In his free time, his favorite thing to do is “mainly practice cello.”
While Issac has competed in various competitions, he prefers to play for his own enjoyment, the mark of a true musician. At first his parents pushed him to learn music. He tried guitar, bass, drums and even his vocal chords for a while, but as he gradually fell in love with the cello, all else was eclipsed.
As talented as he is, he never lets it go to his head. He says school is very important to him and makes sure to keep his life orderly. While he isn’t yet sure where he will be attending for college, I don’t have a doubt in my mind it will be a top notch school, and I would predict one with a good music program.
To Issac, his cello “has the power to stir emotions and elicit energy; you don’t get tired when you’re in that emotional state. That really intrigues me. Cello is not only some wooden instrument; it’s a tool so powerful that it is capable of changing heart.”