Markus Hinterhäuser was born in La Spezia in Italy and has studied piano at the Academy of Music in Vienna, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and attended master-classes given by Elisabeth Leonskaja and Oleg Maisenberg. He has performed as a pianist in orchestral concerts, as a recitalist and also in chamber concerts in major concert halls such as Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna and at La Scala Milan.
In recent years Markus Hinterhäuser has concentrated on the interpretation of contemporary music, especially works by Luigi Nono, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Morton Feldman and György Ligeti. Hinterhäuser has made several radio and television recordings and CDs of the entire piano works of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern and worked on musical-theatre productions.
Markus Hinterhäuser is now responsible for planning the concert program of the Salzburg Festival, an appointment he officially took on in October 2006. From the 2013/14 season, Markus Hinterhäuser takes over the role of Artistic Director of the Wiener Festwochen.