Michaela Aigner was born in Wels. She graduated with distinction from the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 1986, where she studied music education, sacred music and instrumental teaching on the organ with Ernst Ludwig Leitner, as well as organ performance with Edgar Krapp. In 1986/87 she received a grant to study at the Conservatory in Strasbourg, where she worked primarily with Daniel Roth on French organ music and the works of Bach.
She has a particular interest in early music and has attended courses with teachers such as Harald Vogel, Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini and Jean-Claude Zehnder. She devotes a considerable part of her concert schedule to playing historical organs and is the organist at the Kajetanerkirche in Salzburg, which has an Egedacher organ dating from around 1700. Important influences include her work with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, numerous concerts with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and her participation in performances of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise at the Salzburg Festival.
Since 1989 Michaela Aigner has taught the piano (accompaniment, improvisation, figured bass and score reading) at the Mozarteum. Until 1999 she also worked at the Conservatory for Sacred Music in the Diocese of St Pölten where she taught the organ and score reading. Since 2001 she has taught the organ and figured bass at the Conservatory in the Diocese of Linz. She is a member of the Diocese of Salzburg’s organ committee as well as a member of the Bachchor Salzburg.
From 1999 to 2012 Michaela Aigner was organist at the Franziskanerkirche in Salzburg. She performs as a soloist, an ensemble partner and with international orchestras. She has played at the Dialoge Festival and the Mozartwoche Festival and has taken part in opera productions and performances of Mozart’s Mass in C minor at the Salzburg Festival.