Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth was born in Graz on 4 August 1968, and studied trumpet from the age of seven. She studied composition in San Francisco, then with Erich Urbanner at the Vienna Academy of Music and Performing Arts. Later she studied with Tristan Murail and worked at IRCAM. Adriana Hölszky and Luigi Nono were also important influences on her life and music.
Neuwirth's compositions, which exhibit a variety of sound patterns, constantly metamorphosing, have been featured at the Salzburg Festival, and she has been composer in residence at the Lucerne Festival. In 2008 she was awarded the Heidelberg Prize for Female Artists.