Isabella Shaw is an emerging mezzo-soprano focused on early music and opera.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Isabella studied music, languages and literature at Trinity College of Music and Clare College, Cambridge, where she was a choral scholar.
In 2013, she was awarded Early Music America’s Barbara Thornton Memorial Scholarship, which funded further education in medieval music performance.
She has performed as a soloist in international European festivals including American Spring (Americké Jaro) and the International Haydn Music Festival (Haydnovy hudební slavnosti) and Musica Figurata. Opera performances include the Second Woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Spring in The Fairy Queen (Cambridge). She has gained further training through workshops and coaching with eminent artists such as Benjamin Bagby, Wolodymyr Smishkewych and Norbert Rodenkirchen of Sequentia, and Mauricio Molina, José Pizarro, Joel Fredericksen, Julie Hassler, and Lorenzo Charoy.
Isabella is a founding member and co-director of Prague-based early music chamber ensemble Motus Harmonicus, and has performed with Ensemble Inégal, Musica Florea, among others. She currently studies with Vitomir Marof.
She is dedicated to performing music by marginalised or unknown voices, particularly female composers throughout history.
In addition to singing, Isabella also writes poetry and fiction. Her first book, “Songs of Remembrance,” will be published in October 2016 by Chesterton & Davies, Ltd.