Born in Linz, Austria in 1956 and now lives and works in Berlin. Since the bgeginning of the 1980’s he has dealt intensively with the subjects of composition, computer music, psycho acoustics, and sound design.
Together with Bruce Odland, he founded O+A in 1989. Their central theme is a “hearing perspective”. Their projects include Garten der Zeitraume (Ars Electronica 1990, Linz), Traffic Mantra (at Trajan’s Forum in Rome, 1991), Sound Design for Peter Sellars’ The Persians (Premiere: Salsburger Festspiele 1993), Balance (Sonambiente Berlin 1996), Box 30/70 (beginning in 2000, Siemens, Berlin), Blue Moon (New Sounds New York, 2004).
He and Viennese composer and musician Rupert Huber have a longstanding musical friendship. As DAAD fellowship recipiants in 1997, they founded the media band berliner theorie.
Auinger frequently works with composer Hannes Strobl (tamtam), choreographer Marguerite Donion and composer Class Willeke. After several joint projects, Sam Auinger, Dietmar Offenhuber and Hannes Strobl formed the artistic group stadtmusik in 2005.
Over the years Sam Auinger has received numerous prizes and awards for his work. Most recently he became the youngest artist to receive the Kultur Preis der Stadt Linz (2002) to honor his body of work, the daad-stipendium (1997) and the SKE Publicity Preis 2007.