Wolfgang Heinz was born in Wiesbaden and grew up in Munich. He studied conducting and piano with Prof. Volker Wangenheim at the music academy in Cologne. Afterwards he worked as music director in Essen, Detmold, Plauen and Pforzheim.
Since 1999 Wolfgang Heinz has conducted frequently for the Opera Stuttgart and also for the Stuttgart Ballet. Since 2008 he is Assistant Music Director of the Stuttgart Ballet. For the Opera Stuttgart he conducted a.o. the Millenuim-Gala 2000, Le nozze di Figaro, The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel as well as other opera productions as Musical Director of the Young Opera between 2002 and 2006.
For the Stuttgart Ballet he conducts almost the whole repertoire, including the classical full-length ballets such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and La Sylphide as well as John Cranko’s ballets and numerous symphonic works such as Boléro (Maurice Ravel), Le Sacre du Printemps (Igor Strawinsky) and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. He has accompanied the company on tours to Japan, South Korea, Madrid, Moscow and London. Wolfgang Heinz has worked as a guest conductor in Lisbon (Romeo and Juliet), in Ankara (Don Quichote), at the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv (Dido and Aeneas), in Mexico City (The Taming of the Shrew) and Tokyo (La fille mal gardeé). He has also conducted for the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the West Australian Ballet in Perth.
Since 2011 Wolfgang Heinz has conducted performances at the State Opera Dresden (Swan Lake), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Romeo and Juliet) and the State Opera Unter den Linden as well as at the Bavarian State Opera Munich.
In addition, he has worked with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen and the Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden. Since 2010 he is also Musical Director of the Birgit-Keil-Gala which takes place every second year.