Wolfgang Watzinger was born in Darmstadt, Germany. He studied in Freiburg with Edith Picht-Axenfeld and in Salzburg with Gilbert Schuchter, winning First Prize at the National Piano Competition of the German Music Academies in Frankfurt in 1971. His studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Rudolf Serkin and Miecyslaw Horszowski 1973/74 had further influence on his artistic development. Wolfgang Watzinger has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in major European cities, in the USA and Asia. His CD-recording of Brahms Paganini Variations and the monumental Bach Variations by Max Reger was critically acclaimed.
From 1980 – 1995 he held professorships at the music academies in Berlin and Detmold , and in 1994 was appointed Professor of Piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Prof. Watzinger has given masterclasses in Europe, USA and Asia and is a permanent faculty member of the Music Seminar Summer Academy in Vienna.
He has been a jury member of many international piano competitions including the Beethoven Competition Vienna 2005, the Ettlingen Competition for Young Pianists and the Brahms Competition in Hamburg.