Isabel Villanueva is one of the best violists of the new generation. She is valued for her expression and sensibility as well as for her passion and commitment to promote the viola as an instrument with its own voice. She has appeared as a soloist with the Spanish Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Nacional d’Andorra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, under the baton of maestros Salvador Brotons, Andres Mustonen or Michel Plasson, with whom she peformed Walton Viola Concerto last season 16/17 with the Spanish RTVE Symphony Orchestra broadcasted by TVE. She has a wide range repertoire from baroque period to several symphonic world premieres such as José Zárate and Houtaf Khoury Viola Concertos, dedicated to her.

 

Villanueva has appeared as a soloist and recitalist in Europe, Asia, Russia and Middle East, in prestigious venues including the Grand Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, Bath Music Festival, Estonia Concert Hall, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Palau de la Música Catalana, Santander Festival, Rottweil Musikfestival, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, Schubertiade RTS, Lavaux Classic Festival, Royal Court Theatre in Copenhagen, Schubertíada in Vilabertrán, Musika-Música in Bilbao, Assembly Hall in Beirut, Roudaki Hall in Tehran (becoming in 2013 the first foreign violist to perform solo recitals in Iran) and the Wigmore Hall in London, among others.


She has a strong interest in expanding music for viola. Premieres and collaborations include solo works by Gubaidulina, Olivero, Zárate, Sotelo, Khoury and Khayam. As a chamber musician she has performed together with Prazak Quartet, Vlach Prague Quartet, Daniel Schnyder, Martti Rousi, Trío Arbós, among others. Her concerts have been broadcasted by RTVE, Catalunya Música, RTV Slovenia, TV Szombathely, Estonia Klassika Raadio, RTV Lebanon, TV Russia Kultura and Swiss RTS.

Awarded the Spanish National Radio Culture Prize 2015 (Premio Ojo Crítico), plays an Enrico Catenar viola from 1670.









 

Awarded the Spanish National Radio Culture Prize 2015 (Premio Ojo Crítico),

Isabel Villanueva (1988), is one of the best violists of the new generation. She is valued for her expression and sensibility as well as for her passion and commitment to promote the viola as an instrument with its own voice. 

She has performed recitals and concerts through Europe, Middle-East and Russia in prestigious venues including the Grand Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Wigmore Hall in London, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall in Ljubljana, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn or Roudaki Hall in Tehran. She has been invited to perform in festivals as Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, Santander Festival or LegeArtis Festival in Austria. Her performances have been broadcasted live for RNE Spain, TVE, Catalunya Musica, RTV Slovenia, Estonia Klassika Raadio, Swiss RTV and TV Russia 'Kultura'.

Isabel Villanueva has performed as a soloist a wide range of viola concertos by J.C.Bach, Haendel, Mozart, Hoffmeister, Bruch, Weber, Britten, Hindemith, Bartók, Walton, Gubaidulina, Olivero with the RTVE Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Soloists, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, ‘New Russia’ State Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta of Tallinn, among others. 

Chamber music partners include Andrea Lucchesini, Martti Rousi, Michaël Levinas, Daniel Schnyder, Trio Arbós or Quartetto di Cremona.

Isabel Villanueva has a strong interest in expanding music for viola. Premieres and collaborations include Gubaidulina, Olivero, Marco, Zárate, Cervelló and Khayam. In 2010, she performed the world premiere of José Zárate Viola Concerto at Auditorio de Zaragoza.

In 2012 she was invited performing at Sofia Gubaidulina's 80th Anniversary Gala Concert her Concerto for two violas 'Two Paths' in the Grand Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic. In 2013 she became the first foreign violist to perform solo recitals in Iran. In 2014 she was guest soloist at the Closing Gala of MustonenFest in Tallinn performing Betty Olivero 'Neharót, Neharót' for viola and orchestra at Estonia Concert Hall. 

Winner of numerous prizes such as Intercentres Competition, Juventudes Musicales de España, Mravinsky Competition in St. Petersburg, Beethoven Viola Competition in Czech Republic, Yuri Bashmet Viola Competition in Moscow. In 2014 she was awarded the 'Prix Albert Lullin' in Geneva. In 2015 she was recognized institutionally by Marca España and named 'Global Ambassador of Spanish Talent' by Clear Channel. From October 2015 she has been named 'Cultural Ambassador' from the Fondation Prim'Enfance in Switzerland.

Isabel Villanueva studied with Igor Sulyga, Yuri Bashmet, Lawrence Power and Nobuko Imai graduating with honours at Royal College of Music in London, Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena and the Haute École de Musique in Geneva. She has hold viola masterclasses in Spain, Iran and Lebanon. 

Isabel Villanueva plays an Enrico Catenar viola from 1670.