Isaac Poels was born in Leuven, Belgium, in 1994. He picked up the violin at the age of 9, and from then on he has constantly been involved closely with music. Isaac had a very busy musical youth playing and performing with music school ensembles and youth orchestras, and taking many classes at the music school such as music history and harmony. Around the age of 14, mainly driven by life changing experiences in a local youth orchestra, the Limburgs Orkest Jeugd & Muziek, he decided he wanted to make music his life.
In 2012, Isaac enrolled in the Fontys Conservatory in Tilburg, dreaming of becoming a classical solo violin player. But that dream changed drastically over time. In 2014, he decided to change instruments, and become a viola player. He was also very inspired by fellow students from other arts disciplines that he met at the Fontys site, and was by consequence more and more drawn towards non classical music and improvisation, and towards interdisciplinary collaborations with dance and theater. In 2018, Isaac finished his masters in Creative Performance, an interdisciplinary master at the same school in Tilburg during which he further developed his improvisation skills, and explored the possibilities of creating interdisciplinary music and dance performances.
Isaac is a very eclectic musician, who is active in many different genres and who is always likely to do something out of the box. He is playing in DOT quartet, and is also involved in several classical initiatives. Besides, he is a composer and electronic music producer, and he teaches violin, viola and bands in local music schools.