Isabelle Villey was born in Paris, France, and she finished her guitar studies in the Schola Cantorum, with Javier Hinojosa as her teacher. She attended various courses on interpretation of Early music with Hopkinson Smith, Paul 0'Dette (among others). Then she finished her specialization in the Early Music Centre in London with instruments as the lute, the vihuela, the theorbo and the baroque guitar.
As a concertist, she has performed in Spain, France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Honduras, Costa Rica, Paraguay and Mexico. She also participated in the XVI Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato (Mexico) as the representative of France.
She has given various interpretation courses in Mexico.
She permanently collaborates in the magazine Desmangue and in the Spanish review Hispanica Lyra (edited by the Sociedad de la Vihuela). She has published Antologia de Obras Renacentistas para laud transcritas para guitarra moderna and the book La guitarra en el México Barroco, a selection of baroque guitar pieces from the Saldivar Codex IV (ca 1732), transcribed for modern guitar.
She has been a guitar and Early music teacher in the Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City, where she has lived for several years.
Her discography includes the recording Los origenes de la guitarra en el Nuevo Mundo in which she plays Works by the seven Spanish vihuelists of the XVIth century.
As a member of the Grupo Hermes, she has taken part in the recording of several cds: Mexico, musica colonial and Destellos del Mexico Barroco. With the group Capilla jeronima, she has recorded songs and dances performed in baroque convents of New Spain.
In duet with the tenor Carlos Hinojosa, she has recorded a cd of profane songs from Mexico during the baroque era, entitled Miro Celia una rosa, from a recently discovered manuscript.
As a soloist, she has also recorded a cd performing guitar music from the Saldivar Codex, Guitarra en el Mexico Barroco, which includes the same pieces as in the book of transcripts.