Katharina Bleier, born in Vienna, studied piano and instrumental teaching at the J. M. Hauer Conservatoire in Wiener Neustadt (Eugenie Russo), at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Brian Lamport) and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Harald Ossberger and Michael Lipp), where she graduated with distinction. She also studied musicology at the University of Vienna and is currently working on her doctoral thesis on Klavier(spiel) zwischen experimenteller Spieltechnik, Präparation und Performance (Piano (playing) between experimental playing technique, preparation and performance) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.


She has taken part in numerous masterclasses in Austria and abroad (including the VIP Academy, European Academy in Montepulciano, Allegro vivo, Klavier intensiv/Rudolf Kratzert) and was a prizewinner in piano duet at the Austrian International Chamber Music Festival. Solo concerts (including with the Wiener Tonkunstvereinigung Orchestra/Huw Rhys James) and chamber music appearances. Her repertoire focusses on 20th and 21st century music, with special consideration given to exploring phenomena of the extended piano while establishing a connection between art and science. 


In addition to her performance work, Katharina Bleier has also taught the piano in Vienna. She was also General Secretary of the Austrian Composers’ Society and in 2014 she worked for the European Composers’ Forum. She is currently a research assistant at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, working at the Center for Research on Arnold Schoenberg and the Viennese School at the Department of Musicology and Performance Studies.