Isabelle Leymarie has balanced her life by immersing herself in both the creative and analytical fields. Both a jazz pianist and musicologist, Isabelle Leymarie holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Columbia University. She has taught Afro-American music at Livingston College, History of jazz and Black music of Latin America and the Caribbean at Yale, History of salsa at the New School for Social Studies, Puerto Rican music at Boricua College; and harmony and rhythm training at the Conservatoire Nadia and Lili Boulanger and the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris. She has produced several documentary films and radio programs and written many books on jazz and Latin music.
In addition to communicating through music, Isabelle Leymarie studied linguistics at the Sorbonne and completed doctoral studies in development economics at the Institute of International Studies in Geneva (Switzerland). Leymarie holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, has translated over forty books and other texts from English, Spanish, German, and Portuguese into French, and has written several of her own books in three different languages (French, English and Spanish). She has lived in Switzerland, France, the United States, Canada, Senegal, and Japan.