Olga Neuwirth

Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth, 41, has won the prestigious Grand Austrian State Prize for 2010. The award will be presented at a ceremony in Vienna on April 8. The prize is awarded once every year and is the Austria’s highest arts honor.

She studied composition at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik as well as at the San Francisco Conservatory. In 1993-94 she studied with Tristan Murail in Paris with additonal work at ICRAM in Paris.

One of the world’s leading composers, Neuwirth’s music is regularly featured in new music concerts. Her second opera, “Lost Highways” premiered in Graz in 2003 and at Oberlin Conservatory and in New York City in February 2007. It was also seen in London in March 2008 presented by the English National Opera. With a libretto by Nobel Prize-winner Elfriede Jelinek, it follows the story of David Lynch’s 1996 film of the same name.

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