Ewald Donhoffer studied in the city of his birth, Vienna: conducting at the conservatory and choral conducting, harpsichord, organ and singing at the University of Music, as such being a specialist for the music before 1800, with a vast repertory through the centuries, starting with Gregorian Chant, “the big 3 B”: Bach – Beethoven – Bruckner and ending in modern times, focusing on organ improvisation.
His career started at the “Theater an der Wien” where conductor Bertrand de Billy took him as his assistant. It was at this renowned theatre, where in 2007 he made his debut on short notice with “Wiener Symphoniker”, replacing Fabio Luisi in Mozarts “La finta semplice”. One year later, he was appointed Guest Conductor with Leipziger Symphonieorchester and gave his debut at Semperoper Dresden with Staatskapelle Dresden. Invitations from different opera houses and orchestras as a conductor followed over the years: Volksoper Wien, theatres in Altenburg, Bern, Erfurt, Görlitz, Leipzig, Regensburg and orchestras such as RSO Wien, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg and Prague Philharmonia among others.
Besides, Donhoffer developed a career as a specialist for basso continuo, cooperating with a series of small ensembles, espescially with Armonico Tributo Austria and Lorenz Duftschmid. With Viola da Gamba-player Maddalena del Gobbo he already recorded the third album for Deutsche Grammophon in September 2018.
He was a Lecturer for conducting at Viennese conservatory and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.
Ewald Donhoffer appears regularly with a various number of festivals in Austria and abroad, such as Salzburger Festspiele, Styriarte or Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht.
2019 brought besides a series of solo recitals (organ, harpsichord, forte-piano) and concerts for styriarte, the debuts with Brandenburger Symphoniker and L’Orfeo Barockorchester, performing Haydn’s “Creation”.