Isabel Pfefferkorn



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Isabel Pfefferkorn is a highly accomplished musician, known for her stylistic range, her authentic expressive and intuitive musical ability.

She gave her debut performance at the Schubertiade Hohenems in Austria with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the musical direction of Matthias Pintscher.


Isabel has performed in various formations both in Austria and around the world. Her Classical repertoire includes pieces from Early to Contemporary Music, and she also regularly performs as a Jazz and Pop singer. Various CD recording, especially with Contemporary Music, are available to purchase.

In June 2017 she gave her solo-debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus performing 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 and has been invited to perform at various international festivals such as:[AG1] Vaduz Classic, Arsonore, Meiringer Musikfestwochen, Kyburgiade, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Kultur.Sommer.Semmering, Festival Musique Cordiale France, Klimt Villa Vienna in the concert series ‘Rising Stars’, the Zunfthaus zur Waag, Zurich, the ‘Liederfrühling’ of the ‘Freunde des Liedes Zürich’ in Switzerland, the ORF Dornbirn in Austria, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg in Austria, and with the Symphony Orchestra Liechtenstein at the SAL Schaan, 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, and later on the cello and piano, then started 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 in June 2016 received a Master of Arts in Music Performance (Concert) with honours. Following her studies at University she participated in the ‘School of Excellence’ with Margreet Honig.


Isabel has won various competitions and was a student of the class for the musically gifted at the Landeskonservatorium Feldkirch. She is a member of the foundation ‘Musik und Jugend’ in Liechtenstein, a scholarship holder of the foundation ‘Pro Talentum’, the Zurich based foundation ‘LYRA’, and the foundation of construction company Schmid. Isabel also received the scholarship of the Vorarlberger ‘Wagner Verband.’ In June 2016 she was the youngest finalist of the International Schumann-Competition in Zwickau.


She has 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. Then received further important inspiration for her career from Lied pianists Daniel Fueter, Hans Adolfsen, Hans Udo Kreuels, Christoph Berner, Maris Skuja, and Helmut Deutsch.


The highlights of the 2018/2019 season included her debut-tour through the United States and Canada, where she performed Schubert’s Winterreise as well as her own composition ‘Desert Scream’ accompanied by pianist Hanna Bachmann.


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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)