Josef Hofbauer was born in Vienna and studied the trumpet with Carole Dawn Reinhart at the Vienna Music University. In 1990, he received his performance degree.
With a wide interest in music styles, he started his own jazz band while still busy with his classical education. Later he continued his studies with the legendary Maurice André.
In 1986, he made his solo debut in the famous Wiener Musikverein.
Concert tours have taken him to most European countries, as well as North Africa, Korea, Japan, China, Brazil, and the United States.
As a soloist, he has fourteen CDs to his credit in various musical styles. Several renowned Austrian composers have written concertos for him.
In 2008, he founded his own band (www.jh5.at) which goes along with him on tours from Monaco to Shanghai.