Isolina Carrillo

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Isolina Carrillo
Born(1907-12-09)December 9, 1907
Havana, Cuba
DiedFebruary 21, 1996(1996-02-21) (aged 88)
Havana, Cuba
Occupation(s)Composer, musician, singer

Isolina Carrillo (December 9, 1907 – February 21, 1996) was a Cuban composer, singer and pianist. She was a member of the vocal group Conjunto Siboney.[1]

At the age of eleven she made her musical debut replacing a pianist that called in sick in her father’s orchestra. She came from a very musical family; her brothers and father were musicians. She studied in the Municipal Conservatory of Havana.

In the 1940s, she achieved her greatest recognition as a composer of boleros, guarachas and sones. Her songs included "Fiesta de besos", "Canción sin amor", "Increíble" and the most famous of all her works, "Dos gardenias", composed in 1945.[2] This last composition has been covered by many singers such as Daniel Santos, Antonio Machin, Pedro Vargas, Maria Rita, among others.


  1. ^ Díaz Ayala, Cristóbal (Fall 2013). "Conjunto Siboney" (PDF). Encyclopedic Discography of Cuban Music 1925-1960. Florida International University Libraries. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  2. ^ León, Carmela de (2003). Dos gardenias para ti. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba: Oriente. p. 38.

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