Swiss pianist Sebastian Issler is the winner of the 2022 Paul Hamburger Prize for Lieder, finalist of several international competitions, including the International Schubert Competition Dortmund, and multiple prize winner of the Swiss Youth Music Competition.
He is a graduate of the Zurich University of the Arts, where he completed two master’s degrees, both with distinction. Currently, he is completing his Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he is working with Julius Drake and is a member of Graham Johnson's Song Guild. Sebastian is supported by a Guildhall School Financial Award and is a scholarship holder of Arosa Kultur and LIEDBasel.
With his duo partners, including British-Hungarian soprano Anna Cavaliero and German tenor Maximilian Vogler, Sebastian has performed, among others, at the London Milton Court Concert Hall, Young Artist Platform of the International Lied Festival Zeist, LIEDBasel Festival, Origen Festival Cultural, and the Abbey Library of Saint Gall. He also appears regularly as an accompanist in master classes with luminaries such as Brigitte Fassbaender and Thomas Hampson, and recently as a soloist with the Collegium Vocale Lenzburg in Switzerland.
Maximilian and Sebastian recorded their unique programme «The World of Song» at the fantastic Schubertiade Hall in Hohenems, Austria, for the Montreux Jazz Festival China, in an intimate setting, with msm studios, one of Europe’s leading immersive audio studios. «The World of Song» was first broadcast in an immersive cinema in 360 Reality Audio at the festival in Hangzhou, China.
His main influence is the esteemed American pedagogue and pianist Robert Durso. Working with him has significantly changed his playing and his own teaching style. Sebastian is a guest lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts and enjoys teaching privately near Zurich as well as online.
Songs with Anna Cavaliero and Works for Piano Solo
2 November 2022 - Bideford, England
Recital with Anna Cavaliero
Autumn 2022 - Hombis Salon, Zurich - Details TBA
Autumn 2022 - Zurich - Details TBA
Mendelssohn Variations sérieuses
Selection of Liszt Schubert Transcriptions and Scriabin Etudes
Schubert Sonata B-flat major
Songs at Six: Poulenc «The Life in the Songs» introduced by Graham Johnson
23 February 2022 - Milton Court Concert Hall, London
20 Poulenc Songs with various singers
Recital with Anna Cavaliero
11 February 2022, 7.30pm - Milton Court Concert Hall, London
Duparc, Britten, Schubert, Gurney, Poulenc and Korngold
«Im Mondenschein» Romantic Works by Brahms, Rheinberger and Herzogenberg
with the Collegium Vocale Lenzburg conducted by choirmaster Grégoire May
28 November 2021, 5pm - Reformierte Kirche Buchs, Switzerland
27 November 2021, 8pm - Stadtkirche Brugg, Switzerland
Works for Choir and Piano and Selection of Works for Piano Solo
Recital with Maximilian Vogler at Young Artist Platform of International Lied Festival Zeist
22 October 2021, 4.15pm - Grote kerkzaal, Zeist, The Netherlands
Duparc, Kulenty, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Schubert, Pfitzner, Diepenbrock and Hahn
«The World of Song» with Maximilian Vogler at the Montreux Jazz Festival China
5 - 8 October 2021 «First Immersive Cinema Broadcast» - Hangzhou, China
23 - 25 September 2021 «Recording» - Markus-Sittikus-Saal, Hohenems, Austria
Duparc, Fauré, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Gurney, Hahn and Wagner