Susanne Abbuehl

Head of Department and Main Subject teacher Jazz Vocals

European Musician of the Year 2017 by the French Académie du Jazz, winning the Grand Prix du Disque in the jazz category by the French Académie Charles Cros that same year, Susanne Abbuehl was also one of the recipients of the Swiss Music Prize by Switzerland’s Federal Office of Culture in 2016. In 2013, one of the radio plays she produced won a nomination for the Prix Marulić. Her ECM debut record April won a Dutch Edison award in 2002.

The international recognition for Susanne Abbuehl’s work has been consistent and widespread over the years. She has toured internationally, having performed in 27 countries over the years.

Susanne Abbuehl studied jazz voice at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with some of her favourite voices in jazz, Rachel Gould and the late Jeanne Lee. She also studied North Indian classical singing and has a profound interest in composition.

Abbuehl has been an ECM recording artist since 2001, releasing April, Compass and The Gift. She has been commissioned to compose for various settings, including theatre and dance.

Besides her artistic career, teaching in higher education has been a very important part in Abbuehl’s professional life from the very start. Before joining the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague in 2020, she was Professor for jazz voice, ensembles and didactics at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts from 1999-2020. From 2006-2019, she taught BA and MA students at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne, where she also was responsible for several research projects. From 2012 to 2019, she worked as an external reviewer and consultant in teaching evaluations for Musikschule Konservatorium Zurich.

Abbuehl has taught masterclasses in Italy, France, Turkey, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland and is regularly invited to serve as an external committee member in final exams for several higher music institutions as well as in assessment committees regarding academic promotion and professorship.

Susanne Abbuehl has been a member of the AEC jazz/pop/folk PJP working group since 2019 and a board member of Fondation SUISA since 2014. In 2020, she became a member of ADEJ (Association des Enseignants de Jazz).

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