The Pianist Cornelia Lenzin was born in Basel in 1968. She studied the piano with Janka and Jürg Wyttenbach at the Basel Music Academy and continued her musical education under Hayat Ogilvie at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Science in Bonn and at the University of Music, Freiburg (Germany), where she majored in piano chamber music with Professor Helmut Barth. She graduated in 1997 with a concert diploma.
Cornelia’s focus continues to be on chamber music and vocal accompaniment.
She often performs with orchestras such as the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra as well as the Collegium Musicum Basel and works with with different chamber music formations and as a vocal accompanist.
Cornelia has won prestigious prizes such as the Concorse Internationale di Musica – Citta’ di Tortona (I) with her then duo-partner Martin Merker.
She regularly performs with different musicians, and as a duo with sopranos Aurea Marston (Basel) and Dorothee Kurmann (Zurich).
Cornelia also works as répétiteur for competitions, exams and theatre productions.

2004-2014 the pianist organizes the concerts series "MusiKontext", characterized by thematic programs out of the ordinary. Since 2015 she plans and plays regularly for the concert series "Basel Komponiert" of the Museum "Kleines Klingental", Basel. 

Since 2016 she lives and workes frequently in her second residency in Andalucia where she already appeared in several important concerts like in "Sociedad filarmónica de Málaga".

The composers persecuted for political reasons are of special interest to her. 
Her repertoire also includes numerous works by women composers.



From 1987 Studied piano at the Music Academy Basel with Jürg and Janka Wyttenbach
1988-1994 Chamber music with Gérard Wyss
1888-1993 Master class Clifton Mathews (USA), Peter Feuchtwanger (GB) and Arnulf von Arnim (G)
1990-1997 Chamber music with Witold Lutoslawski, Ivan Monighetti, David Geringas, Bernhard Greenhouse, Lluis Claret, Jordi Mora and Menahem Pressler
1993/94 Alanus University of Arts and Social Science, Bonn, with Hayat Ogilvie
1994-1997 Studied with Professor Helmut Barth and Felix Gottlieb at the University of Music Freiburg (Piano Chamber Music)
1997 Graduation with a concert diploma in piano chambermusic (MHS Freiburg)
2013 German Lied Masterclass with Hartmut Höll



1991 Winner of ‘Cercle Mozart’ competition in Strasbourg (F)
1993 Winner of ‘Pro Arte’ stipend (Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Bern)
1993 1st place at ‘Concorso Musicale Europeo’ in Moncalieri (I) (with Martin Merker, Cello)
1993 Education bursary from Kurt and Marianne Dienemann foundation (Lucerne)
1994 1st place at the ‘IV. Concorso Internationale di Musica - Citta' di Tortona (I)’ (with Martin Merker, Cello)


1988 Orchestra Piano with the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra
1989-1993 Orchestra Piano with the Swiss Youth Brass orchestra (SJBO)
1990 Soloist with the Swiss Youth Brass orchestra (Tour in the UK and Switzerland)
since 1990 Regular orchestra-pianist with the basel sinfonietta
1992 Soloist with the Swiss Youth Brass Orchestra (SJBO). Concerts in the United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland
1990-2001 Regular duo recitals with cellist Martin Merker in Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and Switzerland
since 1997 Regular recital evenings with the Zurich Soprano Dorothee Kurmann
1999-2010 Regular duo recitals with two pianos or four-hand piano with Gabriel Bürgin
2000 Musical Director and pianist for the Theater Production ‘An Angel by the Name of Schmitt,’ Theater Taburettli (Basel)
2001 Musical Direction (and pianist) for the mini-musical ‘Ganz e feini Familie’ at Theater Fauteuil Basel
2001 Pianist for the play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ in Swiss German (Aernscht muess me syy), Theater Fauteuil Basel
2004 Pianist for Harold Pinter’s ‘Birthday Party’ (Theater Roxy)
since 2004 Regular orchestra pianist with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
2005-2010 Song recitals with the Baritone Stefano Kunz-Annoff
since 2006 Song recitals on a regular basis with Mezzosoprano Aurea Marston
since 2011 Collaboration with violinist Paul Scharf, Zurich


Teaching and Répétition

Since 1994 Piano teacher at the Gymnasium Oberwil
1995 Répétiteur for the Cello Masterclass with Lluis Claret (Professor at the Music Academy, Barcelona) in Prades (France)
1996-1998 Répétiteur for the cello class of Reinhard Latzko at the Music Academy Basel
Since 1998 Répétiteur with singers, choirs, theaterprojects and soloists
2001-2012 Répétiteur for the Northwestern Swiss soloist and ensemble competition (NSEW)
2002-2004 Course teacher and répétiteur for the intensive Music Course Weeks in Arosa, Switzerland, with Heiner Krause and Stefan Ruf
2005-2012 Official répétiteur at the music school, Liestal, Switzerland
2007/08 Accompanist and répétiteur for ‘Die 7 Raben’, a high school project (Jost Meier), Gymnasium Leonhard, Basel
2007 and 2010 Official répétiteur for ‘Concours jurassien pour solistes et ensembles’ (competition for soloists and choirs), Fontenais, Switzerland