Isabella Mendes

Isabella Mendes

 Hamden, Connecticut, USA

Isabella Mendes has Brazilian Bossa Nova style, with a hint of Jazz and with influences of Eliane Elias, Roberta Sa, Maria Rita, Norah Jones, Diana Krall and Nara Leao.


Isabella Mendes was born in Brazil, where she began her music studies at the age of 4. Four years later, she was composing and well advanced in mastering the piano, which earned her a scholarship to the world renowned conservatory of music Fundação Magda Tagliaferro, where she went on to earn several prizes in piano competitions and Master Classes.

In 1999, a career opportunity brought her family to the United States, where she continued her musical studies with noted instructors Rachael Elliott and Qi Liu, both then at Yale University. In her senior year of high school, Isabella received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was recognized for her musical achievements with a "2002 Hamden Salutes Young Artists" by the town of Hamden and the State of Connecticut. She further her studies at New Haven's Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) and has performed at Yale University and Woolsley Hall.

Isabella Mendes' multicultural musical interpretations and compositions can be enjoyed at her performances throughout Connecticut.

Set List

Latin/Brazilian/Bossa Nova

Agua de Beber
Ate Quem Sabe
Besame Mucho
Blue Bossa
Caminhos Cruzados
Chega de Saudade
Coracao Vagabundo
Este seu Olhar
Gentle Rain
Girl From Ipanema
Mais que Nada
Manha de Carnaval (Black Orpheus)
O Barquinho
Samba de uma nota so
Summer Samba (Samba de Verao)
Voce e Eu
Voce Vai Ver

American Standards:

All of Me
Autumn Leaves
Blue Bossa
Body and Soul
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Fly me to the Moon
Get out of Town
I wish you Love
It Had to Be You
The nearness of you
The Shadow of Your Smile
The way you look tonight
What a difference a day made