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born in Lambach, Austria

1951 - 1969
musical studies with his father, the organist Hermann Lang, with Kurt Neumüller, Friedrich Gulda, Geza Anda, Bernhard Paumgartner, Kurt Overhoff and Gerhard Wimberger

1955 -
Artistic Activity:
  • since 1965 Salzburg Festival, 1970 USA, 1980 Far East
  • with the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Berliner Sinfonie- Orchester, Münchener Philharmoniker, SWF-Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK-Orchestra, etc.
  • in Berlin, Munich, London, Paris, Milan, Florence, Rome, Venice, Brussels, Moscow, Leningrad, New York, Washington, Boston, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Buenos Aires, etc.
  • Chamber Music with Ruggiero Ricci, Ensemble Wien-Berlin, etc.
  • Collaboration in the Salzburg Mozart Weeks with Claudio Abbado, Kiri te Kanawa, Walter Levin, Video Production for UNITEL

1969 - 1975
Artist in Residence in the United States

Appointment to the Mozarteum, Salzburg[ + ]
Professor of Piano Performance

1979 - 2002
Head of the Department of Keyboard Studies[ + ]
During these years appointed to the faculty among others
  • the organists Daniel Chorzempa, Edgar Krapp, Herbert Metzger, Karl Richter (d.15.2.1981) and Lionel Rogg
  • the Lied-accompanists Hartmut Höll and Raimund See
  • the harpsichordists Elisabeth Chojnacka, Kenneth Gilbert and Siegbert Rampe
  • the pianists Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Alfons Kontarsky, Christoph Lieske and Alexei Lubimov
Masterclasses were offered
  • with Nicholas Danby, Sergei Dorenski, Peter Feuchtwanger, Malcolm Frager, Joachim Kaiser, Cyprien Katsaris, Zygmunt Krauze, György Kurtág, Jacob Lateiner, Alexander Lonquich, Menahem Pressler, Marc Raubenheimer, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Roberto Szidon, etc.
Events were presented a.o.
  • "The Recognition and Furthering of Young Talents," with Hans Günther Bastian, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Rolf Liebermann, Rolf Oerter; also in cooperation with the Vienna State Opera Balletschool and the Ski-College Stams
  • "Toward a Comprehensive Understanding of Interpretive Approaches" with Elisabeth Chojnacka, Kenneth Gilbert, Sylvio Gualda, Zygmunt Krauze, Alexei Lubimov, Davitt Moroney, Siegbert Rampe
  • "Interview with a Critic – the Review and it's Environment" with Franz Endler, Joachim Kaiser, among others

1980 -
Masterclasses in Europe, USA, and Far-East

1982 -
Adjudicator in Europe (Geza Anda Zürich, José Iturbi Valencia, Viotti Vercelli, etc.), USA, Japan and Russia (Tchaikovsky Competition Moscow).
1982 - 2003 Chair of the Piano Division International-Mozart-Competition-Salzburg

1983 - 2003
Member of Board of Trustees, Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg[ + ]
Chair of the Committee for Mozart’s Original Instruments
  • Reconditioning of the stringed instruments in Mozart’s Birthplace
  • Care and supervision of the original keyboard instruments
  • Advising of scholarly research

1985 - 1995
Founder and Director of the interdisciplinary "Musical Academies“ benefitting the Scholarship Foundation of the Mozarteum[ + ]
Concerts featuring students, professors and guests: Luciano Berio, Irina Grafenauer, Michael Gielen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Alfons Kontarsky, Ruggiero Ricci, Mitsuko Shirai, Sandor Végh, Peter Härtling, Peter Turrini, in cooperation with "Wien modern", among others

1988 - 1991
Director of the International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum, succeeding Rolf Liebermann[ + ]
Restructuring and Implementation of
  • Projects with Luciano Berio, Alfred Schnittke, KH Stockhausen, Udo Zimmermann, George Tabori, Grace Bumbry, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gérard Souzay, Galina Vishnevskaja, Gidon Kremer, among others
  • The first concert (1989, thereafter annually) and the first opera production (1991) with students at the Salzburg Festival
  • Masterclasses

2002 - 2003
Academic Sabbatical Year[ + ]
Deepened research about Art, its prerequisites and how it conveys itself

2003 -
Intensification of artistic and pedagogic activity

2011 - 2012
Several performances of all 32 piano-sonatas of L.v.Beethoven in cycles of 8 concerts each.

Honorary Member of the University Mozarteum in Salzburg

Honorary Citizen of his home town Lambach, Upper-Austria