Was born in Schwanenstadt, Austria. He studied graphics, plays jazz piano, and studied composition with Gösta Neuwirth and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati. He taught in Berlin from 1982-1990 at the Musikschule Kreuzberg. In 1988 he founded the Ensemble Zwischentöne.
In 1993 he was a visiting professor at the Musikhochschule Graz. He was served as a guest conductor of Klangforum Wien and the Ensemble of the Inselmusik. He organized several festivals and concert series in Berlin, where he currently works as a free lance artist. Peter Ablinger is one of the few artists working with noise not in any symbolic kind of way - as there is: noise as a signifier for chaos, for standing up against, for being inobedient, for destruction, for everything or for eternity, whatever, as in most cases of music deliberately involving noise it is the case. Peter Ablinger went a long way of asking questions about nature of sound and time (and space), usually thought to be main components of music. Some of the answers jeopardized, made dubious some of the conventions usually thought to be irrefutable in music. These insights are about and redundancy, about densitiy and entropy. (Christian Scheib, edited by Bill Dietz)