Heribert Metzger was born in Vienna. He studied organ performance with Alois Ferrer at the Vienna Academy of Music, graduating with distinction in 1973.
He has won prizes at international competitions; his greatest success was to take first prize at the 1972 Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. He has given performances in numerous countries in Europe and has also reached a large audience with broadcasts and CD-recordings (e.g. his recording of Bach`s Art of Fugue in Salzburg Cathedral). He frequently serves as a judge at national and international competitions.
J. S. Bach`s works for the organ form the focal point of his musical interest; under the supervision of Walter Gerstenberg, Heribert Metzger wrote his doctoral thesis on J. S. Bach, receiving a Dr.phil. from the University of Salzburg in 1985.
Early music and the organ works of the romantic period, above all by Max Reger, also play a central role in his artistic and scholarly activities.
As a member of the Archdiocese of Salzburg Organ Commission, Heribert Metzger is continually confronted with questions regarding the restoration of historically important organs and the planning of new ones.
He has taught at the Mozarteum University Salzburg since 1975. He has, in addition, taught at the Academy of Music in Vienna, at the Department of Musicology at the University of Salzburg and has given master-classes at various European universities, conservatories and summer schools. He has been professor of Organ and Organ Improvisation at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg since 1988.