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 global 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,  creator of innovative projects to expand classical music, premiering contemporary works, and playing chamber music projects with prestigious colleagues.

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 © Rosalía Bronstein


  • 06/07/2023 - 14/07/2023
  • Chamber Music Festival

  • Pòdium Matadepera, Barcelona (Spain)
  • Pòdium Matadepera (Catalunya)
    Chamber music festival

    Tchaikovsky, String Sextet “Souvenir de Florence”
    Dvorak, String Quintet Op.97
    Brahms, Piano Quartet No.2


  • 16/07/2023 - 19/07/2023
  • Summer Course

  • Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio, Madrid (Spain)
  • Viola Masterclasses at International Music Course Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio


  • 02/08/2023
  • RITUAL for viola solo

  • Iglesia Castiello de Jaca, Huesca (Spain)
  • XXXII Festival Camino de Santiago

    Ritual album live:

    Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
    O Virtus Sapientiae [arr. Isabel Villanueva]

    György Kurtág (1926)
    1926 To Imre Foldes at 60
    Perpetuum mobile
    In Nomine – all’ongharese

    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
    Partita for violin solo nº2 BWV 1004
    Allemanda – Corrente – Sarabanda – Giga – Ciaccona

    György Kurtág
    1926 In Memoriam Blum Tamàs

    Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)



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


RITUAL, released on 23.3.23 is now available in all music platforms and physical format. This viola solo album marks Isabel Villanueva second album and a very personal recording under label Viola Power. Includes works by Hildegard von Bingen, György Kurtág,  J.S.Bach, and Biber.