Gerd Kühr studied composition at the Mozarteum Salzburg under Josef Friedrich Doppelbauer and Hans Werner Henze in Cologne as well as conducting with Gerhard Wimberger and Sergiu Celibidache. From 1992 to 1994, Gerd Kühr was a guest professor for composition at the Mozarteum and from 1994 at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz. In 1995 he became a tenured professor for composition and music theory at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz. Gerd Kühr makes a lasting impression with numerous debut performances, has been featured with portrait concerts at the Salzburg Festival, among others, and participates in festivals at home and abroad. Gerd Kühr has received several awards (the Austrian Art Prize for Music and the Andrzej Dobrowolski Composition Prize to name just two), has created numerous commissioned works and collaborates artistically both as a composer and as a conductor with numerous artists and ensembles.