Olga Neuwirth

(born on the 4th of August 1968, in Graz, Austria),  composer. Started trumpet lessons at the age of seven. From 1987-93 she studied composition with Erich Urbanner at the Vienna Academy of Music an Performing Arts. Her MA thesis was on the use of music in the Alain Resnais  film “L’amour à mort”. During that period she also studied at the Electroacoustic Institute. During 1985-86 she studied composition and theory with Elinor Armer at the Conservatory of music in San Francisco, as well as fine art and film at the Art College. Her meetings with Adriana Hölszky, Tristan Murail and Luigi Nono have been a particular source of inspiration. From 1993-94 she studied with Tristan Murail in Paris, and took part in the “Stage d’informatique musicale”at IRCAM, Paris. She was a member of the jury at the 1994 Munich Biennale, and during the same year was a member of the Composer’s Forum at the Darmstadt Summer School; in 1994 she was awarded the publicity Preis of the Austro Mechana for the production of a CD. In 1996 she was a DAAD guest in Berlin. Two portrait concerts were dedicated to her in the Salzburg Festival 1998 within the series of concerts “Next Generation”. In 1999 she was awarded the Förderpreis der Ernst von Siemens-Stifung”, München and the Hindemith-Preis“ of the  Schleswig-Holstein-Musik- Festival. Her first opera was successfully performed during the„Wiener Festwochen“in 1999, and she was awarded the “Ernst Krener –Preis” for it. In 2000 her composition Clinamen/Nodus which was written for Pierre Boulez and the London Symphony Orchestra was premiered in London and taken on a world tour. 2000 composer in residence with Koninklijk Philarmonic Orchestra of Flanders in Antwerp. 2002 composer in residence at the Luzerner Festwochen.
Selected works: Bählamms Fest, musical theater Leonora Carrington, libretto: Elfriede Jelinek (1997-99), Lost Highway, musical theater Barry Gifford/ David Lynch, libretto: Elfriede Jelinek /Olga Neuwirth (2002-2003), miramondo multiplo…for trumpet and orchestra (2006)
Performances (selected): portrait concerts in the “Next Generation” series (Salzburg Festival, 1998), Composer in Residence, Lucerne Festival (Lucerne 2002), miramondo multiplo…sound installation at the documenta 12 (Kassel, 2007)
Awards: Career grant by the Ernst von Siemens music Foundation (1999)

Contact: www.olganeuwirth.com


Sainkho Namtchylak

(born in 1957, in Tuva, Central Asia, resident in Austria), sound artist: singer, composer, actress, poet (writes in her native tongue, English and Russian). She studied traditional Siberian music at the Gnesin Institute in Moscow, Russia. During the course of her singing career, which began in 1986 with folk songs from Siberia, she interpreted nearly all singing techniques from traditional music to avant garde and improvised music. She published two books in 2006: Karmaland (liberodiscrivere, Italy),and Chelo-Vek (Vita Nova, Russia). The album Who stole the sky? was nominated for album of the year by BBC3 in 2005. She has produced nearly 30 CDS with interpretations ranging from her own songs to opera and audio books (wrd, meteorite opera).
Selected recordings: Naked Spirit (cd, 1998), Who stole the Sky? (cd 2005), Nomad (cd Leo Recorde 2007), in Trance (cd, Leo Records 2008)

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Sanda Nešić

(Kragujevac, 13th April, 1988), studied piano and violino in the elementary music school in Kragujevac and at the Stanković Music High School in Belgrade. She started to compose at a very early age, performing her own works when six years old. She is currently working within the Faculty for Culture and Media, in the public relations sector. She has also worked for the newpaper, 24 hours, assisting the main editor. She writes poetry, dances and has won many awards in these disciplines as well as in several editions of the International Competition, Donne in Musica, Kragujevac (2003, 2004, 2008 and 2009). Her piano work, Butterfly is included as an obligatory composition in the competition for young performers, Donne in Musica. Her works include: Fantasy, for violin and piano, Dream, for flute and piano, No me Dejas, for soprano and piano, Pater Noster, for mixed choir.