He progressed so well that at the age of twelve he already gave his first violin concerto. He went on to the State Conservatorium and was the youngest member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra.
At the age of seventeen, whilst serving in the army, he belonged to the Music Corps in Kaernten as percussionist and after that wanted to see the world.
He joined a very good Combo and travelled the whole of Europe. In 1969 he took part in a Young Talent Contest of the Z.D.F. in which he was the only instrumental soloist among the finalists. Far more important, famous Max Greger who had arranged the musical background of this event was so impressed by this young solo-guitarist that he engaged him straight away for his band. Harald Winkler is now a very much sought-after artist as studio guitarist and as soloist at great Gala Evenings. He also writes his own music, texts and many special arrangements.
It is far above average talent, combined with solid musical training, if an instrument is mastered to such a degree and with such perfection as his guitar by Harald Winkler.