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CONCERT I Hanna Bachmann & Isabel Pfefferkorn

  • Austrian Cultural Forum 3524 International Court, NW Washington, DC, 20008 (map)

Listen to the strains of the late Classical and early Romantic era followed by some vibrant youthful sounds from Austria. It seems like pianist Hanna Bachmann and mezzo-soprano Isabel Pfefferkorn have found their perfect match on stage as they perform their music.

The two musicians from Austria will present “Desert Scream/Wüstenschrei”, which is Isabel Pfefferkorn’s own composition, and will highlight Austria’s new and contemporary music. The second music piece will be their interpretation of “Winter Journey/Winterreise” from the well-known composer Franz Schubert.

The ACF Washington is enlightened to be part of their tour through various American and Canadian cities. Get excited for this fantastic performance by listening to their great interpretation of “Epheu” by Richard Strauss.


Isabel Pfefferkorn (*1991)
Desert Scream/Wüstenschrei

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Winter Journey/Winterreise

When: Tuesday, Mai 14, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum Washington/Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008
Ticket: Free admission, registration obligatory
Parking on International Court is available after 6:30 pm (for the duration of the event) or on 36th Street; access to the Embassy through the park behind the building.

A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time.

The two artists will also perform at the lunch concert series of the National Gallery of Art on May 15, at 12.10pm. This program is presented in collaboration with the EU Delegation and celebrates the European Month of Culture.


© Nancy Horowitz

© Nancy Horowitz

‛Hanna Bachmann plays with great musicality, creativity and technical skill. Her delicate sound and her interpretation are a testament to a mature personality at the piano.’
– Kirill Petrenko, general music director of the Bavarian State Opera

Being called ‘a mature personality at the piano’ by Kirill Petrenko, 1993-born Hanna Bachmann has established herself as an internationally recognized recitalist. Notably, the proud recipient of the Vorarlberg’s ‛Richard-Wagner Scholarship’ has performed numerous times at the Beethoven House Bonn, at Bonn’s ‘Beethovenfest’, at the Vienna Musikverein, at the ‘Blüthner Concert Series Vienna’ and at the well-established festival ‘Kultursommer.Semmering’. Furthermore, the graduate of the university Mozarteum Salzburg gave her successful North America-debut in Mexico in 2018 that included performances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de San Luis Potosí and giving a masterclass at the music faculty of the renowned UNAM.
A few selected highlights of the season 2018/19 are a concert appearance with the orchestra Sinfonietta Vorarlberg, her debut in the Berlin Philharmonie as well as concert tours to the UK and the US. Hanna Bachmann’s second album ‘Plaisanteries’ is dedicated to the topic humor and was published in November 2018 by Gramola.


© Maciek Burdzy

© Maciek Burdzy

Born in Austria in 1991, Isabel Pfefferkorn started violin lessons at the age of four, before going on to study cello, piano and singing. In 2013 she received the Wagner scholarship and she was recently the youngest finalist in the International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau, Germany. Isabel studied at the University of Arts in Zurich with Lina Maria Åkerlund. In 2016 she was member of the “School of Excellence” with Margreet Honig at the Basel Music Academy. She attended masterclasses by Thomas Hampson, Angelika Kirchschlager and Christa Ludwig. As a soloist and chamber musician Isabel has appeared with several orchestras like Sinfonieorchester Liechtensein or at international festivals like Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Vaduz Classic or Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. In addition to the classical voice repertoire Isabel’s spectrum includes pop, jazz and contemporary music and she made her debut in the Konzerthaus Wien in 2017, performing Pierre Boulez’s “Le marteau sans maître“.