Isabel Urrutia

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Born in Algorta, Bizkaia, Spain, in 1967.
Isabel Urrutia studied composition, piano and music pedagogy at The Bilbao Music Conservatory. She completed her higher level studies in composition at The Madrid Music Conservatory. Subsequently, she went on to train with the composerJosé Luis Campana in Paris.
She has given conferences and master classes on her music in various universities and conservatories, both in Europe and in America: The University of The Basque Country (Bizkaia), “Musikene” - Higher School of Music of The Basque Country, The “Franz Liszt” Horschüle of Music, Weimar (Germany), The CNR of Bordeaux ( France), The Vivaldi Conservatory of Alessandria (Italy), The Catholic University of Argentina (Buenos Aires ), The Catholic University of Chile (Santiago de Chile), The National University of Mexico (Mexico D.F.), The Catholic University of Mexico (Monterrey, México)…
Her works have been performed in various concert halls and music festivals in Europe, America and Asia.
In Spain: Euskalduna Palace-Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum-Bilbao,The “Quincena Musical” of San Sebastián-Gipuzkoa, The National Music Auditorium - Madrid, The “Reina Sofía” Art Centre National Museum- Madrid, The Royal Theatre-Madrid, The ENSEMS Festival of Valencia, Opera Palace of La Coruña-Galicia,”Alfredo Kraus” Auditorium of Gran Canaria-Canary Islands, Auditorium of Tenerife, Main Theatre of Córdoba…
And also, in other countries: The “Franz Liszt” Horschüle of Music - Weimar (Germany), The ”Ile de découvertes” Festival of Aulnay-sous-Bois (France), The Goethe Institute - Paris, The Cortot Room - Paris, Olivier Messiaen Auditorium of Radio France-Paris, The CNR of Bordeaux (France), The “Halle des Chartrons” Auditorium of Bordeaux (France), The “Musiche in nostra” Festival of Turín (Italy), The Colon Theatre of Buenos Aires (Argentina), The “Recoleta” Cultural Centre of Buenos Aires (Argentina), International Encounters of Contemporary Music- ISCM of Buenos Aires (Argentina), The “Aspects of Contemporary Music” Festival at The Catholic University of Santiago de Chile (Chile), The Municipal Theatre of Santiago de Chile, The National University of Mexico D.F., The Catholic University of Monterrey, Mexico, The University of Illinois (U.S.A.), The University of Oberlin (U.S.A), The Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, etc.
In 2007 Isabel won the composition contest organised by The Spanish Association of Symphonic Orchestras (A.E.O.S), with her piece for orchestra, “Gerok”. This score has been interpreted by some Spanish orchestras, such as: Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, Symphony Orchestra of Bilbao, SymphonyOrchestra of Tenerife, Symphony Orchestra of Madrid, Spanish Radio Television Orchestra…
In 2010 her work “Sei” was selected to represent Spain in The UNESCO International Tribune of Composers.
In 2012 Isabel has won First Prize in the “Grazyna Bacewicz” International Composer Competition with her work “Haizearen nahiak”, concerto for clarinet in Bb and string orchestra. This work was premiered in Lodz, Poland, by the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012 and it was played in Padova, Italy by the Solisti Veneti.
Different institutions, ensembles and orchestras have commissioned her work: BBVA Foundation, Spanish Centre for the Diffusion of the Contemporary Music, Autor Foundation-SGAE, SACEM from France, ARCEMA-Paris Ensemble, Neopercusión, Symphony Orchestra of Euskadi…
Various of her works have been premiered with international soloists such as: Pierre-Yves Artaud, (flute), André Cazalet,(horn), Jean Geoffroy, (percussion), Pierre Strauch and Eric Marie Couturier,(cello), Julien Guénebaut and Dimitri Vassilakis (piano)…and also with international ensembles such as: Arditti Quartet, Neopercusión, Trio Arbós, Arriaga Quartet, Residencias Ensemble, ARCEMA/Paris Ensemble, etc.

Featured Pieces

for clarinet and strings

17 E
Instrumentation
pour violon, violoncelle, piano et trio de percussions

11 E
Instrumentation
Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Ensemble (Instruments or Voices) and Fixed Electronic Media


Hand in hand Pour Quintette "Live": Fl / Sax tenor ou Cl Basse / Vl / Vc + piano + 36 timbres d'instruments de traditions populaires sur Support Audio (2019)
ETORKIZ ETA IZATEZ Para Txistu/Txistu Bajo, Acordeón y Percusión “live” y 27 Instrumentos Populares en Soporte Audio (2017)
Beyond Fl, ob, cl, horn, fagot and percussion "live"+ensemble from folk traditions on audio support (2017)

Instrument and Electronics


Hand in hand Pour Quintette "Live": Fl / Sax tenor ou Cl Basse / Vl / Vc + piano + 36 timbres d'instruments de traditions populaires sur Support Audio (2019)
Haziak pour violoncelle "live" et ensemble d'instruments de traditions populaires sur support audio (2018)
ETORKIZ ETA IZATEZ Para Txistu/Txistu Bajo, Acordeón y Percusión “live” y 27 Instrumentos Populares en Soporte Audio (2017)
Beyond Fl, ob, cl, horn, fagot and percussion "live"+ensemble from folk traditions on audio support (2017)
Lilurak for clarinet and strings (2012)
Sei pour violon, violoncelle, piano et trio de percussions (2010)

Solo Instrument


Kosmos for piano solo (2017)
Nun Zirade (version pour clarinette basse) pour clarinette basse (2012)
Nun Zirade pour saxophone barytone (2007)

Voices and Instruments


MadUren malkoak sextet for mezzosoprano, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello and piano (2016)

Saxophone Quartet


Contre vents et marées for saxophone quartet (2015)

Orchestral Music


Once upon a time for symphony orchestra (2014)
Eresoinka concierto para txistu y gran orquesta (2014)
Haizearen nahiak for clarinet in Bb and string orchestra (2012)

Chamber Group ( 2 - 4 instruments )


Contre vents et marées for saxophone quartet (2015)
Biga for clarinet in Bb and piano (2013)
Sonos for violin, violoncello and piano (2011)
Beyond Fl, ob, cl, horn, fagot and percussion "live"+ensemble from folk traditions on audio support (2017)
Biga for clarinet in Bb and piano (2013)
Contre vents et marées for saxophone quartet (2015)
Eresoinka concierto para txistu y gran orquesta (2014)
ETORKIZ ETA IZATEZ Para Txistu/Txistu Bajo, Acordeón y Percusión “live” y 27 Instrumentos Populares en Soporte Audio (2017)
Haizearen nahiak for clarinet in Bb and string orchestra (2012)
Hand in hand Pour Quintette "Live": Fl / Sax tenor ou Cl Basse / Vl / Vc + piano + 36 timbres d'instruments de traditions populaires sur Support Audio (2019)
Haziak pour violoncelle "live" et ensemble d'instruments de traditions populaires sur support audio (2018)
Kosmos for piano solo (2017)
Lilurak for clarinet and strings (2012)
MadUren malkoak sextet for mezzosoprano, clarinet in Bb/bass clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello and piano (2016)
Nun Zirade pour saxophone barytone (2007)
Nun Zirade (version pour clarinette basse) pour clarinette basse (2012)
Once upon a time for symphony orchestra (2014)
Sei pour violon, violoncelle, piano et trio de percussions (2010)
Sonos for violin, violoncello and piano (2011)