Isaac Hayward


A picture of Isaac Photo by JB Knibbs

Isaac Hayward is an Australian award-winning music director, multi-instrumentalist and arranger who has worked on a wide range of projects internationally.

Since making his professional debut at age seventeen as the co-creator, arranger and music director for The Rock Show with Jon English, Isaac’s music direction credits have included Ladies in Black Queensland Theatre, for which he was nominated for a 2016 Helpman Award, The Rabbits Opera Australia, The Secret River Sydney Theatre Company, Come Rain or Come Shine Melbourne Theatre Company, and West Side Story Opera Australia.

In 2018, Isaac won a Helpmann Award for Best Music Direction for Muriel’s Wedding the Musical Global Creatures, for which he also orchestrated, arranged, and wrote additional music. He then became music supervisor for the 2019 Australian tour and the 2020 New York City workshop.

His other international credits include assistant conductor, keyboard, and co-electronic music designer on King Kong Broadway, electronic music consultant on Beetlejuice Broadway, music director and conductor for The Mikado New Zealand Opera, associate conductor, keyboard, and guitar on Unmasked Paper Mill Playhouse / Really Useful, music director, cellist, and pianist for The Secret River Edinburgh International Festival and National Theatre, London and music director for Into the Woods Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera.

As a pianist, guitarist or cellist, his playing credits include Mary Poppins Cameron Mackintosh / Disney, Matilda the Musical Louise Withers & Associates, Les Misérables Cameron Mackintosh, Chitty Chitty Bang-Bang TML Enterprises, The Addams Family Newtheatricals, Phantom of the Opera Broadway, Big Apple Circus, and with artists as varied as iOTA, Paul Capsis, Meow Meow and Kate Miller-Heidke.

Isaac is also highly in demand as an arranger and orchestrator, having written for Ladies in Black, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Lord Mayor Christmas Carols, NYU Tisch and Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Michael Falzon, Casey Donovan, Dami Im and Kate Miller-Heidke, Isaac has also worked with Alex Lacamoire on projects for Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, and Netflix.

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