Ernst Ludwig Leitner

* 1943     
Since 1970 to 2013 Univ.Prof. for organ and theorie of music at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

1943 Ernst Ludwig Leitner was born on 14 October in Wels, Upper Austria. Besides studying education in Linz, first organ studies (with Hedwig Ebermann) and composition (with Augustinus Franz Kropfreiter).
1963 Passed the Matura examinations in Linz.
1963-68 Studies at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg. Organ and composition with Josef Friedrich Doppelbauer, piano with Hedaliese von Haupt-Stummer, violoncello with Georg Weigl. Studied musicology at the University of Innsbruck.
1967-68 Passed the teaching qualification examination in musical education and also gained diplomas in composition and organ playing with distinction. Awarded graduation prize by the Ministry of Education.
1967-68 Taught mucis at grammar schools in Salzburg and Linz.
1968-68 Lecturer at the Graz Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
since 1969 Teacher of organ and music theory at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.
1978 Appointed university professor.
1970-96 Artistic director of the Bach Choir in Wels founded by Johann Nepomuk David.

Chair of the Institute of Conducting, Composition and Music Theory at the Mozarteum University. Previous creativity documented in the music collection of the Austrian National Library.


1967, 68 Graduation prizes of the Ministry of Education
1970 Encouragement Prize of the Province of Upper Austria
1972, 74 Encouragement Prizes of the City of Wels
1983 Prize at the International Composition Competition in Munich
1984 Cultural Prize of the Province of Upper Austria
1985 Encouragement Prize of the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart
1990 Jakob Froberger Prize (Kaltern/Stuttgart)
1996 Medal for Merit from the City of Wels, Cultural Medal from the Province of Upper Austria

Current activities

Until 1996 regular concert activity as organist and director of the Wels Bach Choir throughout Europe, in the USA and Canada. Courses at the University of Michigan and at the Summer Academy with Lady Susi Jeans in London.

Performances of orchestral and chamber music in the Musikverein, Konzerthaus, Radiokulturhaus and Künstlerhaus in Vienna; in the festival hall St. Pölten, in the Brucknerhaus in Linz, in the Mozarteum and the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, at the Carinthian Summer Ossiach, at the Upper Austrian Abbey Concerts, the Gmunden Festival, in the Philharmonie and Schauspielhaus in Berlin, in the Herkulessaal in Munich, in the Zurich Tonhalle, in the Culture and Congress Centre in Lucerne, at La Scala Milan, in the Teatro A. Ponchielli Cremona, in the Wigmore Hall in London, at the Santander Festival in Spain and at the Bergen Festival in Norway.

Solo organ works and works for organ and instruments are played in all major European cities.