Albert Hartinger was born on 13 July 1946 in Seekirchen (Salzburg). He grew up and was educated in Salzburg. While training to be a teacher he was also a student at what was then still the Mozarteum Academy (studying clarinet with A. Heine). From 1965-1966 he completed military service in the Austrian Federal Army and played in the military band.
From 1966 to 1970 he trained to be a music teacher (Mozarteum University) and also studied singing/opera with H. Pflanzl. At the same time he studied philosophy at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg.
In 1970 he was a soloist in the concert of the Mozarteum University Orchestra during the Mozart Week. In the same year Albert Hartinger completed his training to be a music teacher and his studies in singing (with distinction).
From 1970 to 1973 he was a member of the ensemble at the Staatstheater Braunschweig. At the same time he studied educational theory and psychology at the TU Braunschweig, taking his first diploma examination in 1972. Afterwards he gave guest performances in various opera productions and was a concert soloist.
From the winter semester 1973 he was appointed as lecturer for singing at the Mozarteum University; he gained his final teaching qualification and was then an assistant at the Paris Lodron University in the Institute of Pedagogics. He gained his doctorate in 1976.
From 1983/84 he was guest professor of singing at the Mozarteum University in the department of music education in Innsbruck.
In 1985 he was a contract teacher for singing, department of music educational theory in Salzburg.
In 1989 Albert Hartinger was appointed as professor for singing; from 1989 to 1993 he was head of the department of music educational theory in Salzburg.
Besides teaching, Albert Hartinger has had an active concert career, performing at the Salzburg Festival, the Bregenz Fesival, at the Festival di Verona, in the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna; he has made several radio and CD recordings and performed on television.
Albert Hartinger is the founder and artistic director of the Salzburg Bach Society