Born in 1969 in Wels, Austria, Gerhard Hofer studied piano between 1984 and 1991 at the Bruckner Konservatorium in Linz, subsequently studied at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, and in 1993 obtained his diploma in piano pedagogy with distinction. Afterwards he studied piano chamber music at the Salzburg Mozarteum University under professors Erika Frieser, Andor Losonczy, Christoph Lieske and Claudius Tanski. He obtained his Mozarteum diploma in 2000. Since 2015 he studies the postgraduate university course “Musikvermittlung – Musik im Kontext” at the Anton Bruckner Privat University in Linz - in 2015 end with honouring. In 1994 he was awarded the Appreciation Prize of the Austrian Federal Ministry. He has attended master classes given by Alexander Jenner and the Vienna Altenberg-Trio, has performed nationally and internationally as soloist, as chamber music and art-song pianist, and has collaborated among others with the Festival Strings Lucerne, the clarinetist Sharon Kam, the Mozarteum Quartet Salzburg, the Koehne Quartet, the Ensemble Spektren and with Dino Sequi (Piano Duo). In 2006 he made his debut at the Musikverein in Vienna with the Wiener Concert-Verein. He was performer of numerous premieres and recorded several CD productions with contemporary piano music. He has years of experience as a juror at national piano competitions. Since 1989 Hofer has taught at the Marchtrenk Music School in Upper Austria, between 2001 and 2015 he was head of the keyboard instruments division of the Upper Austrian Music Schools System, since 2014 he is Director of the Schwanenstadt Music School.