The cellist Isolde Hayer was born in Salzburg and studied with Heidi Litschauer at the Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg, with Wolfgang Boettcher in Berlin and with Martin Ostertag in Karlsruhe.
In addition, she took master classes with W. Pleeth, B. Bergamenschikow, S. Palm as well as the Alban Berg Quartet, the Ysaye Qyartet and the Borodin Quartet.
She won scholarships for the European Mozart Academy in Prague, the Villa Musica in Mainz as well as for the Musica Juventutis in Vienna, and was awarded prizes at numerous competitions.
As soloist and as chamber musician she has performed in many European countries, the USA, the Middle East or the Far East, at festivals such as the Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, the Musikfest Münster, the Beethoven Festival San Jose in California and the Mozart Festival in Istanbul.
The versatile cellist has recently started to become increasingly interested in historically informed performance practice on period instruments. She studies baroque cello with C. Carrai in Berlin and has performed with ensembles such as the Salzburger Hofmusik, Ambrosia ltd. and Parnassi Musici, Freiburg. Her interest in contemporary music is demonstrated through her involvement in concerts with the Österreichischen Ensemble für neue Music (oenm) and the ensemble “Die Reihe” (Vienna). She was the chamber music partner of L. Brunmayr, G. Murray, M. Kozena, A. Scholl and R. Vlatkovic and others.
Since 2005 Isolde Hayer has been member of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.