OLGA NEUWIRTH was born in Graz, Austria in 1968. She began trumpet lessons at the age of seven. During 1985-86, she studied composition and theory at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco, as well as fine art and film at the Art College. From 1987-93, she studied composition at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts and at the Electroacoustic Institute. Then 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 Composer's Forum at the Darmstadt Summer School in 1994. Two portrait concerts were dedicated to her in the "Next Generation" series at the Salzburg Festival in 1998. In 1999 she was awarded the "Hindemith-Preis" of the Schleswig-Holstein-Music-Festival. Her first opera was successfully performed during the Vienna Festival in 1999, and she was awarded the "Ernst Krenek-Preis" for it. In 2002, Neuwirth will be composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival.