Dr Karl Wagner, born 11.2.1935 in Salzburg. Attended the city's classical grammar school, matriculating in 1953. In 1954 passed with distinction examination in piano as a concert instrument and awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Further studies at the Music Academy in Vienna with the then doyen of pianists, Bruno Seidlhofer, graduating as a concert pianist in 1958.
1972 award of doctorate at the University of Salzburg in musicology with subsidiary subjects psychology and philosophy, dissertation title "Abbé Maximilian Stadler. Seine Materialien zur Geschichte der Musik unter den Österreichischen Regenten".
1960 received first teaching contract for piano at the Mozarteum Academy. 1973 title of professor conferred, 1981 became full professor. 1972 founding of the Institut für Musikalische Grundlagenforschung (Institute for Research into the basic principles of music), 1985-2000 Head of Department I of Composition, Music and Conducting.
In the sixties and seventies numerous appearances as a concert pianist including performances of the (world) premiere and premiere of Prokofiev's piano concerto Number 3 and Franz Richter Herf's piano concerto in the Salzburg Festspielhaus. Concurrently and subsequently lectures on the history of piano music at the Mozarteum and introductory lectures on the sociology and psychology of music at the Pädagogische Akademie.
1972-1982 member of Salzburg city council, for the most part as chair of the culture committee. 1991 publication of the standard work on our institution "Das Mozarteum, Geschichte einer kulturellen Institution".