Biography – english

Early in her career, flutist Isabel Serra Bargalló won several scholarships and competitions: she obtained the best marks and the Extraordinary Prizes at the end of Elementary and Middle Degrees (1990 and 1993) at the Tarragona Conservatory. Also several prizes at the Concurso Permanente de JJMM de España (Segorbe, 1993 and Alcalá de Henares, 1995), Yamaha Music Foundation of EuropeBrass and Woodwind Scholarship (1997), scholarships by Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (1998), Fundació Agrupació Mútua (Barcelona, 1999), Generalitat de Catalunya (1999 and 2000), The Dennis & Sylvia Forbes Award (London, 2000)… First prize winner at the VII National Flute Contest (San Sebastián, 1999). She 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 were Robert Sirvent, Magdalena Martínez, Jaime Martín, Philippa Davies, Paul Edmund Davies and Samuel Coles. She 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, Rachel Brown and Marc Hantaï.

She has performed in Spain, United Kingdom, Austria, Croatia and Japan. In 2017 she releases her first CD, “Flute Spirit”, with 20th and 21st century works for solo flute.

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

After being a member of the youth orchestras Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Catalunya and Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, she has collaborated professionally with the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, the National Musicians 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.

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.

Isabel is an active soloist, chamber musician, flute teacher and orchestral player.

She is also graduated in History of Art at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona.