Olga Neuwirth

Olga Neuwirth (* August 4, 1968 in Graz) is an Austrian composer.

Life and work

Olga Neuwirth is the daughter of pianist Harry Neuwirth. She grew up in Swan Mountain, her schooling she received in Germany mountain. Their initial plans to study trumpet, they had to give up after an accident with jaw injury. At 2 Youth Music Festival in Germany Berg 1985, she worked with Hans Werner Henze to " Robert the Devil ". These local opera in 2 acts, to a libretto by Elfriede Jelinek (after a western Styria fairy tales), premiered on October 27, 1985 in Halle Germany Koralm mountain. Your further training took place in Vienna, San Francisco and Paris.

Neuwirth is part of the musical avant-garde and looks excited and inspired by the friend of her writer Elfriede Jelinek. So she herself describes her music as " music disaster ", which brings a profound pessimism expressed in which nevertheless does not rule despair, but the dominant force is indignation for artistic projects. Because of this setting and the harmony largely waiving implementation of their musical works Neuwirth is regarded as the enfant terrible of classical music scene in Austria. The sound pattern of their music resemble twisting labyrinths and are constantly changing.

At the Vienna Festival Music Theatre premiered " Bählamms Festival" 1999. In 2000 she was Composer-in - Residence with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders in Antwerp, 2002 ( with Pierre Boulez ) at the Lucerne Festival. 2003 took place in Graz, the première of an opera "Lost Highway". At the Salzburg Festival in 2006 her trumpet concerto was premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic.

Olga Neuwirth took in 2007 at the documenta 12 in part. In 2008, the British premiere of " Lost Highway" was held at the English National Opera.

The commissioned work The Outcast was premiered in 2012 by Michael Simon at the Mannheim National Theatre, but not in the sense of the composer and librettist of their Mitgutsch Anna and Barry Gifford.



  • Erik (A) - The man who was world champion. Music for a film about the life of Erik Shin Eggers; 2005
  • " Bählamms hard ".
  • " ... Miramondo multiplo ... " for Trumpet and Orchestra ( 2006).