Olga NeuwirthAustriaMusic2016
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Olga Neuwirth sprang to international prominence in 1991, at the age of 22, when two of her minioperas by Elfriede Jelinek were performed at the Wiener Festwochen. Since that time, her works have been presented worldwide. Highlights include two portrait concerts at Salzburg Festival 1998; composer-in-residence Lucerne Festival 2002; world première of her music-theatre work Lost Highway 2003 – winner South Bank Show Award and two operas written while living in New York (2012) – The Outcast and American Lulu Among numerous prizes, she was the first-ever woman to receive the Austrian State Prize in the category of music (2010). Masaot/Clocks without Hands, a large-scale work for the Vienna Philharmonic, was premièred in Cologne,Vienna and Luxembourg in May 2015 and its US premiere is in New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2016. Le Encantadas o le avventure nel mare delle meraviglie for six ensembles and (live) electronics – co-commissioned by Ensemble Intercontemporain, Cité de la musique, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Donaueschinger Musiktage, IRCAM, Lucerne Festival and Wiener Konzerthaus was premièred in October 2015. Forthcoming projects include a percussion concerto for Lucerne Festival in 2016 and a new opera for Vienna Staatsoper. She will compose a flute concerto for Claire Chase in 2017, which she will write at Civitella.