Olga Neuwirth b. 1968

Olga Neuwirth studied composition in Vienna with Erich Urbanner, graduating with a thesis on film music in a film by Resnais * Continued her studies in San Francisco where she met Adriana Hölszky, Tristan Murail and Luigi Nono who were to become important influences on her own music * In 1998, two concerts of the 'Next Generation' series at the Salzburg festival featured her work * 2002 composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival * Her music shows an amazing variety of sound patterns which lead the listener into a labyrinth of constant metamorphosis * Deconstructs language and other everyday sounds in order to find new, musical contexts for familiar acoustical elements

Works by Olga Neuwirth include:
Locus...doublure...solus (2001) for piano and ensemble or piano and orchestra
torsion: transparent variation (2001) for solo bassoon and ensemble
Lost Highway (2002-03) music theatre work based on David Lynch's film

Looking Ahead: performances of her new trumpet concerto "...miramondo multiplo..." for Håkan Hardenberger, with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic on a Balkan tour (Apr), and by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Montpellier (Dec)

"Olga Neuwirth loves a changeable, amorphous sound - a sound whose inner and outer forms are constantly moving" — Stefan Drees