Vera Hiltbrunner


Vera studied classical singing at the Academy of Music, Basel, and Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg, Netherlands. Though she hails from Bern, she is now settled in Basel. After finishing her Master’s, she has worked as a freelance singer in Switzerland and around Europe with different ensembles and event organisers (e.g. Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Kammeroper München, Die Freitagsakademie, BERNVOCAL, Holst-Sinfonietta). She focuses on contemporary and baroque music. But she often also takes on the role of artistic director and project organiser and makes her own ideas part of the performance. Since March 2020, Vera has also been co-administrator of an online support platform for musicians in Switzerland who faced financial difficulties during the pandemic. She is proficient in German, French and English, has good basic knowledge of Italian and Spanish, and understands Dutch.

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Three questions for Vera

To be or not to be! Have you ever faced this question in your life?

Since coming back to Switzerland, I have started to make plans to allow me to live from music in the long term and have begun to look into everything which comes with making music.

Have you ever had pension role models?

Yes, my mother is my great role model and has taught me all the important things I need to know about pensions and accounting.

What pensions advice would you offer your younger self?

Find out early (before you have finished your degree) about the options for ensuring you have social security as a musician later in life and now. Find out about your rights and don’t be afraid of the word “accounting”.

Popular questions

Covid killed off my gigs – what do I do now?

Do I need a full pension plan as a part-time artist?

I don’t know what to tell the tax man? Who can help?