Improving society through music composed by women – a dialogue with Isabel Pérez Dobarro
In the first "EWMD Forum" event, we are pleased to welcome a woman with an already interesting biography - despite her young age.
Isabel Pérez Dobarro will tell us what incited her to become one of the leading classical pianists of her generation focused on music composed by women. We will learn how music can be used as a medium of communication of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In this interactive session, we will share what commonalities characterize women's careers, whether in business or the arts, and how we can learn from each other.
Isabel Pérez Dobarrohas appeared in solo recitals and chamber music concerts in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Italy, Belgium, and the U.S. In 2018 she has been selected as one of the most influential Galicians by the newspaper “El Correo Gallego.” In addition, she received a recognition from her «Comunidad Autónoma» for her work towards gender equality in music.
Despite her young age Isabel has already received numerous prizes, among them the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition (2nd Prize) and the Cidade do Fundao Piano International Competition (1st Prize).
Her activism for women composers’ music has led her to create with mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna the initiative Women in Music, which organizes cultural exchanges focusing on the music of women composers. With composer Noelia Lobato and conductor Irene Gómez-Calado she is working on a project entitled Spanish Women in Music.
For her work in the promotion of women composers, she has been invited to speak and play at the prestigious Women Now conference, along with Hillary Clinton and Kathleen Kennedy. Additionally, she has given numerous lectures on the topic as well as masterclasses at internationally renowned conservatoriums such as the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid and New York University´s Undergraduate Collegium. Acting as the coordinator of the Unites Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Youth division project Twenty Thirty which uses arts as a medium of communication of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) she has also given lectures and speeches as an advocate for these goals , e.g. at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, at the United Nations General Assembly, or at the European Parliament within the European Arts Forum. Through this initiative, Isabel has organized artistic events all around the world and created a network of international artists committed to SDG implementation.
Isabel Pérez Dobarro is a Ph.D. candidate at NYU Steinhardt, where she started teaching as an Adjunct Instructor at age 19. She holds a Professional Studies degree from the Manhattan School of Music, a master’s degree from NYU Steinhardt and a bachelor’s degree from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. She obtained a J.D. in law from UNED and has completed courses in U.S Law and Methodologies courses at NYU SPS and the SDG Academy. She studied International Relations at Harvard University, where she previously completed the Harvard Business CoreX program.