Isabel Lerchmüller (*1979) lives in Bern and works as a freelance musician and teacher for flute and shakuhachi. In addition to the regular flute, she also plays the alto and bass flute as well as various Japanese shakuhachi flutes.

Teaching diploma (flute) at the Bern University of the Arts with Christian Studler, Concert diploma (improvisation) at the Basel Music Academy with Walter Fähndrich. Lessons with the jazz flautist Manuel Jaggi and master classes with Matthias Ziegler, Pierre-Yves Artaud, Carsten Eckert, Urs Leimgruber among others.

Further education as movement and dance therapist. Worked for two years as a movement therapist in the psychiatric services of the Solothurn hospitals.

Advanced training in shakuhachi (Japanese flute) with Ueli Fuyûru Derendinger and continuous engagement with Japanese culture. Repeated stays of several months in Japan and further shakuhachi studies with Kawase Junsuke III and Kawase Yousuke in Tokyo.

Isabel performs in various chamber music groups, as well as solo artist and orchestra musician. Collaborations with artists from different disciplines. Leading workshops for children, teenagers and adults in the fields of music, movement, bodywork.

Isabel plays regularly in the harp-flute duo "halbvier" and is flutist of the OPUS Orchestra Bern and the Bach Collegium Bern.

She teaches at the music school Bantiger as well as privately.

photo: Antonio Albanello