Olga Neuwirth studied composition in San Francisco, later in Vienna with Erich Urbanner, graduating with a thesis on film music in a film by Resnais * Adriana Hölszky, Tristan Murail and Luigi Nono were 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 orchestra (or ensemble)
Lost Highway (2002-03) music theatre work based on David Lynch's film
...miramondo multiplo... (2006) for trumpet and orchestra (or ensemble)
Remnants of songs... an Amphigory (2009) for viola and orchestra
Looking ahead: projects include a clarinet concerto for Jörg Widmann and a commission for Wien Modern; in coming seasons composer residencies with several European orchestras.
"Olga Neuwirth loves a changeable, amorphous sound - a sound whose inner and outer forms are constantly moving" — Stefan Drees
Also visit the Olga Neuwirth website at www.olganeuwirth.com
Compositions before 2000 and between 2009 and 2021 are published with Ricordi.