Isabel Gabbe, Univ.Prof.

office: Department Music Education in Innsbruck
University Professor in piano
Head of department Music Education in Innsbruck

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

“Communication through music is communication that bypasses all language barriers!” says Isabel Gabbe. It is no surprise then that this pianist and music teacher, with her French-German background, is seen just as frequently playing in chamber music ensembles and lieder recitals as performing as a soloist. In 2016 she was appointed professor of piano and the theory of piano teaching at the Mozarteum University and from 2019 has been head of the University’s Department in Innsbruck.

Her regular participation in the Ruhr Piano Festival means a great deal to her, with its aim of establishing music as a subject to be automatically included in children’s education. In Moments Musicaux, the festival of chamber music which she founded in France and which she herself led from 2005 to 2017, she provides opportunities for contact between musicians who are already established, well-known names, and young upcoming talent. She devises rewarding concert programmes of little-known works.

Isabel Gabbe performs and gives masterclasses and advanced courses all over Europe, Brazil and the United States. She is welcomed with enthusiasm in great concert halls such as the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Glocke in Bremen, the Teatro Guaira (the largest concert hall in South America) and the Philharmonie in Cologne. (‘auf’ streichen? hkw)

Both as a soloist and a chamber musician she has won numerous competitions both at home and abroad, competitions such as the Bremen Piano Competition, the Maria Canals Music Competition in Barcelona, the Caltanissetta in Italy and the German Music Council Competition.
She has made many radio and television recordings for Deutschland Radio Berlin, Sender Freies Berlin, WDR, France 2 and Radio Bremen. Her debut CD appeared in 2006 with recordings of suites by Debussy, Ravel, Bach and Albéniz. In 2013 together with the soprano Julia Henning she recorded a CD of songs by the contemporary composer John Patrick Thomas. In 2014 with the Kettwiger Bach Ensemble she made a CD recording of Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle playing a historic instrument, a Klems piano that once belonged to Robert and Clara Schumann. In 2015 her CD Weihnachtsmann, mach Du das mal! was issued on the Kaleidos Musikeditionen label. Her published works on the theory of piano teaching can be found in the series Üben&Musizieren (published by Schott) and Innsbrucker Perspektiven zur Musikpädagogik (publisher Waxman).

Isabel Gabbe trained with Professor Hans Leygraf in Salzburg and Berlin. Artistic influences include John Perry, Georgy Sebok, Klaus Schilde, Peter Frankle, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Paul Badura-Skoda and Rainer Becker. She followed courses in chamber music with Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet), David Finckel (Emerson String Quartet), Zara Nelsova (New York), Eberhardt Feltz, Wolfram Rieger and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.