Sebastian Issler

  • Instructor LevelPiano
  • Certification LevelInstructor, Dec. 2023
  • Taubman Teacher/MentorRobert Durso
  • Educational BackgroundBachelor of Arts in Music - Zurich University of the Arts; Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy - Zurich University of the Arts; Master of Arts in Specialized Music Performance - Zurich University of the Arts; Artist Diploma - Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London

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  • Zurich, Switzerland

Sebastian Issler, a distinguished Swiss pianist and the inaugural pianist-in-residence at the City Music Foundation in London, won the Jean Meikle Prize for Best Duo with soprano Anna Cavaliero at the 2022 Wigmore Hall/Bollinger International Song Competition and the Paul Hamburger Prize for Lieder – awarded by Graham Johnson – in the same year. A finalist at the International Schubert Competition in Dortmund, Issler has also won several prizes at the Swiss Youth Music Competition.

Together with his duo partners, Issler has performed at major venues such as Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Milton Court Concert Hall, Barts Heritage Great Hall and Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Abbey Library of Saint Gall, as well as at leading festivals such as Origen Festival Cultural International, Lied Festival Zeist, LIEDBasel Festival and Liedrezital Zurich. He is also known for his collaboration in masterclasses with renowned figures such as Brigitte Fassbaender and Thomas Hampson.

In 2021, he undertook to record his signature programme, ‘The World of Song’, for the Montreux Jazz Festival China, held in the esteemed confines of the Schubertiade Hall. The World of Song was premiered in an immersive 360 Reality Audio Cinema at the Festival in Hangzhou, China, to great acclaim.

Trained at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, with Julius Drake, and a member of Graham Johnson’s Song Guild, Issler holds two master’s degrees with distinction from the Zurich University of the Arts. His style and pedagogy have been significantly influenced by his studies with Robert Durso and Edna Golandsky at the Golandsky Institute in New York, where he was certified by the Board of Directors and became a member of the faculty as the first certified teacher of the Taubman Approach in Switzerland.

Issler is currently a fellow and lecturer at the Guildhall School and teaches piano accompaniment at the Zurich University of Teacher Education and the Zurich University of the Arts. He is supported by scholarships from Arosa Kultur, LIEDBasel and the Golandsky Institute. Based in Zurich, he is passionate about imparting knowledge to students around the world through both face-to-face and online platforms.