One might easily believe that his solid physique and boundless energy come from his native Tyrol or that his career as a musician has almost been a foregone conclusion since he is Austrian and a neighbour of Mozart. However Oswald Sallaberger has long chosen a land without frontiers, that of the passion for making and sharing music, and that generosity is certainly the most striking about him. Maybe he took it early from his violin teachers at the Mozarteum of Salzburg, Sandor Vegh and Helmut Zehetmair, and Michael Gielen for conducting, or he has simply passed on the emotions he received working with his mentors, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado. Whatever the source is, Oswald Sallaberger lives music like a communion.
At the age of twenty he made his first international tour with the Austrian Chamber Orchestra, appearing notably at Carnegie Hall in New-York. Soon after, in 1993, he won the prize of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation awarded to young conductors.