Austrian pianist Ingrid Haebler was born in Vienna on 20 June 1929, first studying piano as a child with her mother, and playing in public in Salzburg at the age of eleven. Later she studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Vienna Academy of Music and the Geneva Conservatory. In 1952 she took joint second prize in the Geneva Competition, and two years later won first prize in the Munich and Geneva Schubert Competitions. This led to many appearances internationally, as a recitalist and chamber music player. She often performed with violinist Henryk Szeryng.
Her intimate playing is best suited to recording, however, and her international reputation has been made from her many recordings on the Philips label, including all of Mozart's concertos and sonatas, and all of Schubert's sonatas.