Ismail started playing the piano at age 6. He is an accomplished performer, entertainer, director of orchestras and a string instruments music instructor. He was Orchestra Director with the Kansas Public School districts and Executive Director of the Southwestern College Youth Symphony. Ismail is trained under the London Royal School of Music and holds a professional degree from Trinity College London, with emphasis on the professional application in jazz performance and pro music.
He pursued a professional music career since 1985, debuting as restaurant at Vikings Restaurant for 3 years. For over a decade, he performed at numerous 5-star hotels and outlets in Singapore, including Marina Village International, Hyatt Hotel, Hotel Intercontinental, Marina Mandarin and Westin Stamford.
Ismail has been in the music industry for 18 years as a full-time professional musician, and as a music educator for 14 years. With over 30 years of experience, he has returned to Singapore to inspire musical minds of the young and the young-at-heart.