In 1985 he received a scholarship for the Cité des Arts Paris and was awarded the Förderpreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart in 1987. That same year he began supplementary studies with Helmut Lachenmann. In 1988 the Free State of Bavaria honored his work with the Staatspreis. In 1997 he received the XXIII. Premio Leonardo da Vinci.
Such important podiums for contemporary music as the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Steirischer Herbst in Graz, the Bremer Podium, the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, and the Münchener Biennale have presented premieres of his works. Klaus Ospald lives as a freelance composer in Würzburg.