The German conductor, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, studied music and German Philosophy in Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Tübingen.
After finishing his studies Wolfgang Gönnenwein took up his career as a conductor leading the Süddeutscher Madrigalchor in Stuttgart (from 1959), with whom he toured the Federal Republic of Germany, Western Europe and South America. Radio station in Germany and abroad welcome him as their guest, and the considerable number of his recordings, including, among others, the great oratorios, give proof of the stylistic versatility of his repertoire.
In 1968 Wolfgang Gönnenwein was appointed professor of choir-leading at the Stuttgart Conservatoire. Between 1968 (or 1969) and 1973 he was director of the Cologne Bachchor. In 1972 he became artistic director of the Schloßfestspiele in Ludwigsburg. In 1973 he was appointed rector of Academy of Music and Arts in Stuttgart. From 1985 to 1992 he was Intendant of the Württemberg State Theater in Stuttgart.