Olga Neuwirth (b. Graz, Austria, 1968) She started trumpet lessons at the age of seven. From 1987-93 she studied composition with Erich Urbanner at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts. Her MA thesis was on the use of music in the Alain Resnais film "L'amour a 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 as 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-Stiftung", 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 Krenek-Preis" for it.
In 2000 her composition "Clinamen/Nodus" which was written for Pierre Boulez and the London Symphony Orchestra was premiered in London then taken on a world tour.
That same year she was also composer-in-residence with the Koninklijk Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders in Antwerp. In 2002 she was composer-in-residence at the "Luzerner Festwochen".