Biography (english)

Isabel Serra Bargalló was born in Reus in 1976. She studied flute at the Tarragona Conservatory, where she obtained the best marks and the Extraordinary Prices at the end of Elementary and Middle Degrees. Later on, she graduated at the Barcelona Conservatory and achieved the Postgraduate Diploma in Orchestral Training (2000) and the Master Degrée in Music Performance (2001) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London).

Her flute teachers have been Robert Sirvent, Magdalena Martínez, Jaime Martín, Philippa Davies, Paul Edmund Davies and Samuel Coles. She has attended several flute courses and masterclasses with Vicens Prats, Emily Beynon, Peter-Lukas Graf, Meinhart Niedermayr, Roberto Fabbriciani, William Bennett, Sir James Galway, Willy Freivogel, Aurèle Nicolet, Katherine Hoover, Riccardo Ghiani, Aldo Baerten, Álvaro Octavio, Wilbert Hazelzet and Rachel Brown.

She won several scholarships and competitions: Concurso Permanente de JJMM de España (Segorbe, 1993 and Alcalá de Henares, 1995), scholarships by Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Brass and Woodwind Scholarship (1997), JONDE (1998), Fundació Agrupació Mútua (Barcelona, 1999), Generalitat de Catalunya (1999 and 2000), The Dennis&Sylvia Forbes Award (London, 2000). First prize winner of the VII National Flute Contest (San Sebastián, 1999).

As a soloist, she has performed Vivaldi’s Concerto “Il Gardellino” with the Orquestra Camerata XXI, C. P. E. Bach’s Concerto in A Major with the Guildhall Strings Ensemble, Vivaldi’s C Major Concerto for piccolo and orchestra with the Guildhall Early Music Group, Vivaldi’s Concerto “La Tempesta di Mare” with the Orquestra de Cambra de Vila-seca and J. S. Bach’s complete Brandemburg Concertos with the Orquestra Camera Musicae.

She was a member of the Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Catalunya and the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, and has collaborated with the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, the National Musicians Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the European Symphony Orchestra, the Orquestra de Cambra d’Andorra, the Orquestra de Cambra de Vila-seca, the orchestra Camera Musicae and the Orquestra Camerata XXI.

The composers Agustín Castilla-Ávila, Marian Marquez and Conrad Setó have dedicated works for flute to her.

Isabel is an active chamber musician, flute teacher and orchestral player. She is a member of the Duo Bruyères with pianist Andrés Moya. In 2017 she has released her first CD, “Flute Spirit”, with works for solo flute.

She graduated in History of Art at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona. Her interest for history and early music has led her to study the baroque flute at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya with Marc Hantaï.