Wolfgang Kostner, Austrian choirmaster and conductor, graduated from the Pedagogical University Innsbruck, the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck, the Mozarteum University of Salzburg and the Tyrolean State Conservatory. Howard Arman and Edgar Seipenbusch can be regarded as his most influential instructors. He was able to collect valuable experiences in classes conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Franz Welser-Moest, Fabio Luisi, Lászlò Marosi, Robert Reynolds, Frieder Bernius and many more besides. As a young conductor he was a finalist of the international conductors’ competition Windmaker in Vienna.
For many years, Wolfgang Kostner dedicated himself to symphonic brass music as well as the popular music industry. Since 2000 he is the musical director of the vocal ensemble NovoCanto and the orchestra Tiroler Barockinstrumentalisten.
He has made numerous guest appearances at festivals such as Innsbrucker Festwochen, Münchner Residenzkonzerte, Baroque Festival Varazdin, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Tiroler Barocktage and cultural cycles such as cultura sacra etc. Furthermore, he has conducted concerts as a guest conductor in Mannheim, Saarbrücken, Augsburg, Aschaffenburg and other cities. He has worked with artists such as Brigitte Fassbaender, Andreas Scholl, Julia Stemberger and Hélène Guilmette and has rehearsed ensembles like the Baroque orchestra Café Zimmermann, Hilliard-Ensemble or Les Talens Lyriques or conductors such as Attilio Cremonesi, Howard Arman, Christophe Rousset and others.
Wolfgang Kostner works as a freelance musician, lecturer at the Pedagogical University in Innsbruck, speaker in the field of conducting and producer. Since 2011 he is also the artistic director of the festival Tiroler Barocktage.
His passion is less interpreted literature, not only in the field of Early Music. With his innovative and compelling concepts, Wolfgang Kostner is committed to sustainable cultural work and extending artistic networks.