Born in Vienna, Gottfried Rabl studied the piano and graduated in French horn, conducting and vocal coaching at the University of Music in Vienna.
He was awarded a conducting fellowship in Helsinki and led his own highly successful ensemble for avant-garde music, Theatre of Silence, for several years, in which he appeared as conductor, pianist and composer.
He later started a close collaboration with Leonard Bernstein in Vienna, Milan and the United States, during which he served as musical assistant and editor of Bernstein’s last opera, A Quiet Place. He subsequently pursued post-graduate studies for several years at the Indiana University School of Music in the United States, where he became conductor of the local symphony orchestra.
In Vienna Gottfried Rabl frequently conducts the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and works regularly with the renowned contemporary music ensemble die reihe. Internationally he has worked with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Hannover, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the George Enescu Philharmonic, Bucharest, among other orchestras. He has recorded for BMG-Ariola and the German labels Orfeo and cpo as well as Sony Classical.