Isabel Pfefferkorn



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Isabel Pfefferkorn is known for her stylistic range, her authentic expressiveness and intuitive musicality.

Highlights of the season 2018/2019 included her debut-tour through the United States and Canada, where she performed Schubert’s Winterreise as well as her own composition “Desert Scream”, together with pianist Hanna Bachmann.

Furthermore, she gave her debut at the Schubertiade Hohenems in Austria as well as with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the musical direction of Matthias Pintscher.


Isabel performs in various formations both in Austria and abroad, her Classical repertoire includes pieces from Early to Contemporary Music, however she also regularly performs as a Jazz- and Popsinger.

Various CD-recordings – especially with Contemporary Music – are available.

In June 2017 she gave her solo-debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus with Pierre Boulez’ “Le Marteau sans maître”. She also regularly works with contemporary composers such as Dimitri Terzakis, Charles Uzor, Laurie Altman and Ulrich Zeitler.


Isabel is very passionate about the “Lied” genre. In the past years she was invited to perform at various international festivals such as Vaduz Classic, Arsonore, Meiringer Musikfestwochen, Kyburgiade, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Kultur.Sommer.Semmering, Festival Musique Cordiale in France as well as the Klimt Villa in Vienna/Austria in the concert series „Rising Stars“, at the Zunfthaus zur Waag in Zurich/Switzerland, at the „Liederfrühling“ of the “Freunde des Liedes Zürich” in Switzerland, at the ORF Dornbirn/Austria, at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg/Austria, with the Symphony Orchestra Liechtenstein at the SAL Schaan, as well as the Villa Wesendonck and the Tonhalle Zürich.


Isabel was born in 1991 in Vorarlberg/Austria. As a child she learned how to play the violin, later on also the cello, piano and finally started with singing lessons. She was taught by Edeltraud Dünser, Dora Kutschi (Landeskonservatorium Vorarlberg) and Roswitha Müller (Konservatorium Zürich). In 2011 Isabel started to study with Lina Maria Åkerlund at the Züricher Hochschule der Künste, where she graduated with a “Bachelor of Arts in Music” in June 2014 and with a “Master of Arts in Music Performance (Concert)” in June 2016 (with honors). Following her studies at University she participated in the “School of Excellence” with Margreet Honig.


Isabel has won various competitions and was also student of the remedial class for musical giftedness at the Landeskonservatorium Feldkirch, member of the foundation “Musik und Jugend” in Liechtenstein and scholarship holder of the foundation “Pro Talentum” as well as the Zurich based foundation “LYRA” and the foundation of the construction company Schmid. Furthermore she received the scholarship of the Vorarlberger “Wagner Verband”. In June 2016 she was the youngest finalist of the International Schumann-Competition in Zwickau.


She participated in masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Robert Holl, Kurt Widmer, Noemi Nadelmann, Silvana Bazzoni-Bartoli, Natela Nicoli, Sascha Wienhausen, Monika Ballwein, Christa Ludwig, Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, Malin Hartelius, Wessela Zlateva, Angelika Kirchschlager and Margreet Honig and received further important impulses for her career from “Lied”-pianists as Daniel Fueter, Hans Adolfsen, Hans Udo Kreuels, Christoph Berner, Maris Skuja and Helmut Deutsch.


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Angelika Kirchschlager (about Isabel Pfefferkorn)

"I have known for a few years that Isabel Pfefferkorn is a very talented Lied-singer. Her interpretations show incredible colorful expressive variety, which is even more impressive given her young age. ..."

translated from German by Susanne Grainer




Heart Strings

Isabel Pfefferkorn, Mezzosoprano

Zoltán Despond, Cello
Matthieu Gutbub, Cello
Paul Handschke, Cello
Anton Mecht Spronk, Cello


Pieces by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Barber, De Falla, Piazolla etc.

Saite an Saite

Isabel Pfefferkorn, Mezzosoprano
Anders Miolin, Guitar


Pieces by Dowland, Schubert, Spohr, Rodrigo, etc.

Schubert & die Moderne

Isabel Pfefferkorn, Mezzosoprano

Valentina Pfister, Piano


Pieces by Schubert, Schönberg, Britten, Berg, etc.

Winterreise - Wüstenschrei

Isabel Pfefferkorn, Mezzosoprano

Hanna Bachmann, Piano


Die Winterreise by Franz Schubert, op. 89, D 911

Wüstenschrei by Isabel Pfefferkorn (2019)