In 2008 he finished his studies of classical clarinet at the Musikhochschule Munich and moved to Lausanne, Switzerland for studying Jazz saxophone. He achieved his diploma in 2012. The activity with his band «French-Swiss Connection» took him to finals of music competitions as Jazzpreis Burghausen (Germany) and the Tremplin Lémanique of the Montreux Jazz Festival.
The collaboration with the outstanding swiss piano player Jérôme Jeanrenaud and his «Jérôme Jeanrenaud Dodectet» led to appearances in the swiss radio and to the final of the Credit Suisse music prize.
Wolfgang Hanninger's stage acitvity varies from Big Band and classical orchestra productions to Jazz quintet and duo engagements.