Isabel Dobarro

I feel very proud of all the artistic community. In these very difficult times, we have shown an extraordinary resilience. Not being able to share music with audiences, communicate emotions and values through our art is extremely painful. Yet, this period, has been quite revealing for me. I have seen how in the hardest moments of this pandemic, everyone needed art more than ever. We wanted to feel emotions, to connect despite the distance. Therefore, I consider that once things return to normality, we will crave for music more than ever, and us, musicians have a very important duty. We are not just entertainers but we are change-makers.

Personally, the pandemic has postponed or even ended many projects I had been working for a long time. But at the same time, in confinement, I was able to find new ideas, new avenues to develop my art. I focused on musicological research and on self-exploration, learning more about who I am as an artist.

I am very excited to create, organise, and perform an international homage to composer Pauline Viardot in collaboration with institutions such as Harvard University, French Institute or Universidad de Costa Rica, among others. I am also very happy to engage in two recording projects (one solo and one with the fantastic cellist Antonio Martín) which will be released this year. I also look forward to performing at the Women Now Conference in Madrid in front of amazing guests such as Hillary Clinton or Kathleen Kennedy. Great opportunities that a year ago seemed very far away or impossible.

I look forward to continuing promoting women composers and social justice through my work. The pandemic has not deterred me but has given me more strength and determination to keep going and follow my dreams.

We artists are survivors, we are dream-builders, we are change-makers and nothing will stop us.


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