Isabella Gellis is a British-Canadian composer of acoustic music. Her work often focuses on imagined and disguised sounds, steeped in the silly, absurd, and surreal.

Recent highlights include a suite for pianist Joseph Havlat based on Biber’s Battalia à 10 premiered at Dartington, a trio about bowing and blowing for members of Explore Ensemble [Listenpony commission], a string trio about moss premiered at Wigmore Hall [Nash Ensemble commission] and an immersive operatic vignette about getting a haircut [Shadwell Opera commission]. In the summer of 2023 Isabella attended Aspen Music Festival and School as a composition fellow, and was awarded the Jacob Druckman Prize, resulting in an orchestral commission for the following season. 

Her opera, ‘The Devil’s Den’, commissioned by Shadwell Opera, will be premiered at the Nevill Holt Festival in June 2024.

She studied at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a Bicentenary Prize for all-round excellence, the Postgraduate Composition Prize, and the Musicians’ Company Priaulx Rainier Prize. 

Upcoming works also include a piano quintet, a piece for the LSO (as a participant of the Panufnik scheme), and a new orchestral work (Aspen Music Festival commission).

all credited to photographer Ella Pavlides

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