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