Isabella Shaw is a mezzo-soprano focused on historical performance. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Isabella studied music, languages and literature at Trinity College of Music and Clare College, Cambridge. 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), Olomouc Baroque Festival, 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 and Musica Florea, among others. She currently studies with Vitomir Marof. In addition to singing, Isabella is a published poet. Her first book, Songs of Remembrance, was released in October 2016.