Coaches 2025

Isabel Mundry

Composition, Coach

Born in Schlüchtern (Hesse, Germany) in 1963, Isabel Mundry was raised in West Berlin. 1983-1991 she studies composition with Frank-Michael Beyer and Gösta Neuwirth at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, and electronic music at the Studio of the Technische Universität and also takes courses in musicology (with Carl Dahlhaus), art history and philosophy at the Technische Universität Berlin. 1991-1994 further composition studies with Hans Zender in Frankfurt follow.

1986-1993: Teaching assignment for composition and analysis at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule and at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin. 1992-1994: Stay in Paris, first with a scholarship from the Cité des Arts and later at IRCAM (as part of a one-year course in information technology and composition). 1994-1996 she free-lances in Vienna, from 1996-2004 she is Professor of composition at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt. 1997 she teaches at the Akiyoshidai Festival (Japan) and 1998, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2018, 2021 and 2023 at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik. Since 2004 Isabel Mundry is Professor of composition at the Musikhochschule Zürich and since 2011 she is Professor of composition at the Musikhochschule Munich.

2001: Advancement Award of the Ernst-von-Siemens-Foundation, 2002/2003: Fellowship of the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, 2003: Composer in Residence at the Lucerne Festival, 2007/2008: first "Capell-Compositeur" at the Staatskapelle Dresden. 2009, 2014 and 2017: Composer in Residence Takefu Festival (Japan), 2011: Heidelberg Female Composer's Award, 2013: Happy New Ears Prize, 2014: "German Composers' Award of the GEMA" in the category Solo Concerto as well as the “Christoph und Stephan Kaske” Prize;  2017: Fellowship of the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe Cinepoetics at the FU Berlin, 2019: Fellowship of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Italy), 2020: Scholarship at the Wilhelm Kempff Kulturstiftung Positano, 2022: Artiste Étoile at the Mozartfests Würzburg as well as Composer in Residence at the Suntory Hall Summer Festivals (Tokyo), 2023: Awarded the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art. Isabel Mundry has received numerous fruther awards and grants, including the Composition Scholarship of the Berlin Senate, the Berlin Composition Award, the Boris Blacher Award, the Schneider Schott Award, the Busoni Award, the Scholarship of the Heinrich Strobel Foundation, the Kranichstein Music Award, VR Leasing Award of the "Ingrid zu Solms" Foundation, Member of the Academies in Berlin, Mainz and Munich.

Isabel Mundry´s work is characterized by a unique sonic language that investigates the relationships between time, space, and perception in rich, multi-faceted ways. In doing so, she creates new pathways and different realities in her compositions, which are explored through the timbre, harmony, and rhythms of her nuanced music.


Isabel Mundry @ Karsten Witt

Isabel Mundry @ Breitkopf



Isabel Mundry will be present at impuls between February 17th and 23rd.