Markus Hinterhäuser studied piano at the Music Academy in Vienna, at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at various master courses. As a pianist Marks Hinterhäuser has performed at the world’s most important concert halls and at internationally renowned festivals.
As a co-founder of Zeitfluss, a series of events taking place from 1993 to 2001 at the Salzburg Festival, and as Artistic Director of the project Zeit-Zone at the Wiener Festwochen, he won international acclaim as a cultural manager.
Beginning in October 2006, Hinterhäuser was responsible for the Salzburg Festival’s concert programs, and served as Interim Artistic Director of the festival in the season 2011. From 2014 to 2016 Hinterhäuser was Artistic Director of the Wiener Festwochen. Starting from 2017 Markus Hinterhäuser has been Artistic Director of the Salzburg Festival.
Member of the board of trustees of the International Television Contest for Young Musicians 'Nutcracker'.