Klaus Kaufmann was born in Rosenheim in 1948. On completing his regular schooling, he studied piano and conducting in Munich, Salzburg and Stuttgart. Wan-Ing Oei-Ong, Vladimir Horbowski and Gerhard Wimberger were among his teachers.
From 1982-84 he was Visiting Professor of Piano at the Mushahino Academy in Tokyo.
He has been an extremely active concert performer in numerous Asian countries. He is in frequent demand as a judge at international competitions. Besides teaching, he has made numerous broadcasts and CD recordings, including two CDs of works by L. M. Gottschalk for Koch-International and one of variations by Mozart.
Klaus Kaufmann is currently Professor of Piano at the Mozarteum University Salzburg and teaches at the Munich Academy of Music.