The Austrian musicologist, Reinhold Kubik, received his Abitur from the Humanistic College, Vienna II, in 1960; PhD from the University Erlangen, Nuremberg, Federal Republic of Germany, in 1980. He studied piano, composition, conducting with Hans Swarowsky at Hochschule für Musik in Vienna.
During his professional career, Reinhold Kubik was from 1966 to 1974 conductor at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf (Duisberg) and many European cities including Lille, Barcelona, and Ljubljana. He was also pianist, composer, choir-master, and lecturer (1980). He was proprietor at Hänssler Musik Verlag, Kirchheim, Federal Republic of Germany, from 1989. He has taught at the Vienna Conservatoire and in Nuremberg, Karlsruhe and London. and was Visiting Professor at the Yale University, USA in 1987.
Reinhold Kubik has written on Georg Frideric Handel, Schubert, Gustav Mahler, Baroque opera and editorial problems, and was contributor to: Festschrift Arnold Feil (1985); KB Stuttgart (1985); Festschrift Martin Ruhnke (1986); Veroffentlichungen der International Händel-Akademie Karlsruhe, Vols. 2 and 3 (1988); Händel-Symposium Halle (1989). He has published about 120 editions, including works of Jan Dismas Zelenka, Schubert (Lazarus, Neue Schubert Ausgabe 11/10)), Zelter, G.F. Handel (Rinaldo, 1980), Leopold Mozart, Carl Loewe, Dvorák, G. Mahler (original version of Das klagende Lied, Fifth and Seventh Symphonies), as well as 80 cantatas by J.S.Bach (Hänssler), and EdM 96, 106 and 110. Since 1993 he has been Chief Editor of the G. Mahler Complete Critical Edition and Vice-President of the International Gustav Mahler Society.