Prof. Wolfgang Heiniger was born in Basel. He studied percussion and electroacoustic music at the Basel conservatoire. Following a spell at the CCRMA Stanford, USA, he studied composition under Thomas Kessler in Basel. As a percussionist, Wolfgang Heiniger has performed with different orchestras and ensembles, e.g. at the Vienna Festival and the Warsaw Autumn Festival. As a performer, artist and director of sound diffusion, he appears in concerts and at festivals in Europe, South America and Asia. He is a co-founder and member of THE BEAM (Basel Electric Art Messengers) and of the "European Powerbook Orchestra". His compositions encompass works for live electronics and staged music, as well as instrumental pieces and music for dance, theatre and film. Important elements in many of his compositions are interactive and scenic concepts, in the realisation of which the computer, sensory systems and mathematical models play a significant role. Wolfgang Heiniger has been involved in various organisations and festivals in an organisational capacity since 1989, as a member of the board or as programme advisor. With Thomas Kessler he founded the festival "Echt!Zeit" and is on the advisory board of the Remlingen festival and the "Gare du Nord" in Basel. From 1995-2003 he developed and directed the department of audio design at the Basel conservatoire, and from 1999-2003 he was co-director of the ESB electronic studio. In the summer semester 2003 Wolfgang Heiniger became professor of intermedial composition at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin and was Vice Director of the Academy from april 2008 to march 2010.