Wolfgang Brunner (b. 1958 in Regensburg) received piano lessons from his father during high school. After graduating from high school in 1981 he studied music education at the Munich Music Academy and passed the state exam with distinction. From 1982 to 1986 he studied piano with Hans Leygraf at the Music University Mozarteum in Salzburg. From 1985 to 1989 he studied harpsichord with Liselotte Brändle, Kenneth Gilbert and Glen Wilson, fortepiano with Eckart Sellheim and Richard Fuller and historical performance practice with Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Since 1985 he has taught historical keyboard instruments, bass, piano, piano improvisation and didactics at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, and from 1990 to 1992, also fortepiano at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe.
Since 1989 he has performed in almost all major European early music festivals (including Utrecht, Bruges, Herne) and is considered one of the leading specialists of his generation. His partners here are well-known interpreters of the “early music scene”, such as Michael Schopper, Barbara Schlick, Gerd Türk, Konrad Hünteler or the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. He also worked as a soloist and continuo player again with famous conductors such as Sandor Vegh, Franz Welser-Möst, Helmuth Rilling, Sylvain Cambreling (including at the Salzburg Festival).
In 1991 he founded the ensemble “Salzburger Hofmusik”, which is mainly but not exclusively, with the music of the 17th – 19 Century working on original instruments, with the music of the Salzburg court occupies a focal point in the repertoire.
Under Wolfgang Brunner’s records and radio broadcasts There are many first recordings, etc. the piano works of Anton Bruckner, E.T.A. Hoffmann, songs of Carl Orff and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s opera “Arminio”.
In addition, Wolfgang Brunner worked many years with dance studies and dance history. In this context, he studied music and theater arts, and folklore in Munich and Salzburg. Brunner was from 1983 to 1988 a lecturer in dance history and has published articles and encyclopedia articles (MGG article, “Arbeau” and “Branle”).