Olga Neuwirth

Was born in 1969 in Graz, Austria and is one of the most progressive and exciting composers in Europe. She was already receiving trumpet lessons as a seven-year old.
She studied composition in Vienna and continued her studies at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco (Composition and Theory) and well as at the Art College (Painting and Film). Olga Neuwirth received vital stimulus through contact with Adriana Hölsky, Luigi Nono and Tristan Murail. She studied with the latter in Paris, where she also took part in the Stage d’informatique musicale at IRCAM. She made her breakthrough in 1999 with Bählamms Fest (text: Leonora Carrington, libretto: Elfriede Jelinek). For this work she received the Ernst Krenek Prize. Her piece, Clinamen/Nodus, which was written for Pierre Boulez and the London Symphony Orchestra, could be heard on a worldwide tour. The Long Rain, a project in collaboration with the film maker Michael Kreihsl, was premiered at steirischer herbst in 2000. Ce qui arrive with Ensemble Modern, after texts by Paul Auster, was premiered in the same place in 2004 (European tour). 2006 saw premieres at the Wiener Festwochen (The Don Giovanni Complex) and at the Salzburger Festspielen, with a work for trumpet and orchestra written for the Vienna Philharmonic.