Slide "A pure example of virtuosity, precision and sensitivity"

Ritmo Magazine
Slide “Without a doubt one of the best concerts of the season”

Scherzo Magazine
Slide “For her technical skills and expresivity in addition of performing and promoting a difficult and unvalued instrument”

RTVE Culture Award ‘El Ojo Crítico’


Hailed by The Strad as ‘an artist who risks’ and described by Pizzicato Magazine as ‘a sensitive artist who knows how to immerse in the depths of music’, her passion for promoting the viola combined with her charismatic and expressive performances, and her beauty of sound, make Isabel Villanueva one of the most valued and complete violists of today.

Since her debut at 18 performing Bartók Viola Concerto with the Radio Television Spanish Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Villanueva has developed an intense career that has expanded through Europe, Russia, China, Latinamerica and Middle East. In 2013 she became the first foreign violist to perform recitals in Iran. Passionate, energic and creative, she is embarqued in an overflowing activity as a soloist, pedagogue, researcher, premiering contemporary works, chamber music projects with prestigious colleagues and soon, launching her own music festival. 

She has been invited as a soloist with important orchestras including Moscow Soloists, Estonia National Symphony Orchestra, Real Philharmonia de Galicia, Castile and Leon Symphony Orchestra, Lebanon Philharmonic, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra and Zagreb Soloists, among many others, under the baton of Michel Plasson, Jacek Kaspszyk, Yaron Traub, Paul Daniel, Andres Mustonen, Jorge Mester, Christian  Vásquez and Lior Shambadal.

Isabel Villanueva © Juan García Rosell


  • 19/01/2022
  • Concerto

  • Auditorio Fernando Remacha, Pamplona (Spain)
  • X Anniversary Ciudad de la Música in Pamplona

    Orquesta del Conservatorio Superior de Música de Navarra
    Conductor : Vicent Egea

    Bruch, Romanze Op.95 for viola and orchestra


  • 23/01/2022
  • Recital

  • Societé de musique de La Chaux de Fonds (Salle Faller), La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland)
  • “Bohèmes” Recital with François Dumont, piano

    Liszt, Romance oubliée
    Hahn, Soliloque et Forlane
    Granados, Sonata for violin and piano (arr. Villanueva)
    Martinu, Sonata for viola and piano
    Franck, Sonata in A Major for violin and piano (arr. viola)


  • 24/01/2022
  • Masterclasses

  • Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Viola Masterclasses



Recital con Antonio Galera (piano)


Festival de Música y Danza Ciudad de Úbeda (Auditorio Hospital de Santiago)

Beethoven Noturno op.42 para viola y piano

Beethoven Sonata op.69 No.3 para viola y piano


‘Signos’ is a new project created in collaboration with dancer and choreographer  Antonio Ruz, exploring the complete range of possibilities of performance of a viola solo concert, including performance and movement all in one. Premiere at Teatro Central in Sevilla 20 & 21 February 2021.