Maria Nussbaumer-Eibensteiner, Univ.Prof. Mag. Dr.

University Professor in Piano

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

(Austrian citizen) born in 1957 in Bolzano / South Tyrol, resident in Innsbruck since 1983.


She completed her piano studies and gained diplomas (with the highest number of points) at the Claudio Monteverdi State Conservatory in Bolzano, at the University of Music and Performing Art in Vienna (diploma with distinction / specialist concert class of Prof Heinz Medjimorec) and at the State Academy of Music in Munich (master-class diploma on the basis of special artistic achievements / master-class Prof Ludwig Hoffmann).  Following supplementary studies she graduated as a Master of Arts and later gained her PhD from the Mozarteum University.


Her artistic focus is on the interpretation of historic as well as contemporary unpublished piano music. She has made the first recordings (about 20 CDs) of piano works (solo and chamber music) by Tyrolean composers from the 18th and 19th centuries on historic fortepianos in the context of the CD series issued by the Ferdinandeum, the Tyrolean Regional Museum in Innsbruck, and by the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) on the originally preserved fortepiano made by J. G. Gröber (1814) – owned by the Trapp Family – in the Churburg Schluderns / South Tyrol.


She has made several radio recordings, for instance giving the world premieres of the Thirteen Character Pieces by Erich Urbanner) on a modern piano.


First recording (CD/ORF Tyrol 2004) and publication of Werner Pirchner’s piano music Noten für die Pfoten (available via the homepage:


Active as an international concert pianist (e.g. in December 2007 at the International Music Festival in Teheran). Lecturer (piano) at the Avant-garde International Academy for New Composition and Audio Art in Schwaz and Seefeld (Tyrol) and at a master-class in Teheran (2007).


She has been a teacher at the Mozarteum University in Innsbruck for piano since 1985 (since 2000 as contractual professor) as well as in the compulsory subjects History of Playing and Piano Literature, Piano Didactic Theory.


Initiator and supervisor for several years of the Studio Concerts and now organiser of artistic and educational projects with students at the department in Innsbruck for music educational theory at the Mozarteum University.


Supervision of Bachelor- and Master Degree projects.


Intensive committee work as representative (for ten years) of the Mozarteum University Salzburg in the Federal Conference of Academic and Artistic Personnel of Austrian Universities and Art Academies, as well as a member or alternate member of the Innsbruck departmental faculty, the study commission, the university faculty and the Federal Conference of University Professors.


From October 2006 to May 2008 spokeswoman for the professional group of piano teachers in the Innsbruck department and currently member of the working group on equality and alternate member in the Senate of the Mozarteum University.


Frequent participation as an external member in post-doctoral commissions at the University of Music and Performing Art Vienna and as an external expert in appointment committees.


From 2004 to 2008 member of the cultural committee (music) of the Tyrol Regional Government.


Jury member at various piano competitions in Austria and Italy; on several occasions at Prima la musica regional competitions in Austrian provinces and at the national competition (piano) in 2004 in Vienna and in 2008 in Innsbruck.


Jury member for the award of the Prize of the Regional Capital Innsbruck for Artistic Creativity in 2004, and for the Advancement Prize for Music of the City of Innsbruck (2007).