“I already knew Isabel Favilla as a recorder player, but had no idea she was also such an expert on the bassoon, an instrument she performs here with nonchalant virtuosity and sublime musicianship”

Dominy Clements - Musicweb-international

“I was particularly impressed with the solo recorder and bassoon playing of Isabel Favilla”

                                                                  Early Music Review # 156

“Particolarmente convincente nella sua animazione il suono del fagotto (e del flauto a becco) della brasiliana Isabel Favilla."

Ferruccio Nuzzo - Grey Panthers



Isabel has been performing in various European and South American countries as a soloist and orchestra musician with ensembles such as Concerto d’Amsterdam, La Sfera Armoniosa, Collegium Musicum Den Haag and Les Muffatti. She has performed under the direction of Enrico Onofri, Alan Curtis, Mike Fentross, Peter van Heyghen, Marcel Ponseele, Ryo Terakado, Luis Otávio Santos and Paul Dombrecht and has recorded for the labels Deutsche Gramophon, ORF and Ramée.


From 2010 to 2013 she was a performing artist of the Memorabele Momenten Foundation Amsterdam. From 2012 until 2014 she taught recorder and baroque bassoon at the School for Early Music in Amsterdam.

Isabel is also the co-founder of ensemble Radio Antiqua, winner of the Jury’s and Public’s Prize at the Göttingen Haendel-Festspiele competition 2014 and the Second Prize and Public's Prize at the International Van Wassenaer Concours Utrecht 2016. Radio Antiqua has been supported by Eeemerging, a European cooperation project led by the Centre Culturel de Rencontre d’Ambronay (France) which aims to promote upcoming early music ensembles. Thanks to this project, Radio Antiqua recorded its first CD, released in October 2015 by Ambronay Editions (Harmonia Mundi). This CD has been very well received and both the ensemble and Isabel’s performance have been highly appreciated.

She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in recorder and historical bassoons from the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and The Hague where she studied with Bart Coen (recorder), Donna Agrell and Wouter Verschuren (bassoon and dulcian).