Born in Bolzano, Italy, Marco Postinghel studied with Romano Santi and Klaus Thunemann and put the finishing touches on his preparation at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He was awarded a number of prizes at international competitions, including the ones in Martigny, Ancona and Prague. His concert activity subsequently took him to all Europe, Japan, Korea, Israel, the United States and South America.
He has appeared as soloist in a number of bassoon concertos with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Carl Davis, Carlo Maria Giulini, Daniel Harding, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Franz Welser-Möst. Marco Postinghel has played chamber music also with Yefim Bronfman, Yuri Bashmet, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Isabelle Faust, Natalia Gutman, Heinz Holliger, Gidon Kremer, Viktoria Mullova, Sir András Schiff and Tabea Zimmermann at the most important European festivals like the Salzburger Mozartwoche, Heimbach Festival Spannungen, Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus, Prussia Cove Festival, Casals Festival Prades, Luzerner Festwochen, Musiktagen Bad Kreuth, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. After four years as principal bassoonist in the Orchestre de Paris, in 1994 he assumed the same position in the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich.
Marco Postinghel performs the classic repertoire as well as the baroque literature on period instruments and also concertizes with such ensembles as the English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Il Concerto Italiano, Accademia Bizantina, Il suonar parlante, Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Accademia giocosa and Musica Saeculorum. He also appears with orchestras that primarily specialize in contemporary music such as the Ensemble Ricerca Nuova, Gruppo Maderna and the Ensemble Modern, as well with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg and the Cappella Andrea Barca.
Marco Postinghel has assumed a professorship at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg in 2005. He also teaches at the Mahler Academy in Bolzano and is woodwind tutor of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra since 1997. He gives bassoon and chamber music masterclasses in Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Korea and Japan. Marco Postinghel recorded for Philips, Amadeus, Naive, Musicando, Aulos, Ohems, Onyx and Alpha and has also served as a juror at the International Music Competition of Muri, Tokyo and at the International Music competition of the ARD in Munich.