Rudolf Piehlmayer studied Piano, Clarinet and Conducting in Munich. His career began at the Regensburg Theatre, where he later became First Kapellmeister and deputy GMD. 1999–2000 First Conductor at the St Gall Theatre. Guest Conductor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Comic Opera in Berlin, the Salzburg Cultural Days. 2002–09 GMD of the city of Augsburg. Since 2007/8 Principal Guest Conductor at the Leipzig Opera.