Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth has been chosen to compose the eighth Roche Commissions work. Her composition for percussion and orchestra was premiered at the 2016 Lucerne Festival in the Summer of 2016 by Victor Hanna and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, conducted by Susanna Mälkki.
She studied at the Academy of Music in Vienna and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. During her stay in the States she also attended the San Francisco Art College, where she studied painting and film. Her private teachers in composition included Adriana Hölszky, Tristan Murail and Luigi Nono. She first burst onto the international scene in 1991, at the age of 22, when two of her mini-operas were performed at the Wiener Festwochen. Ever since her works have been presented worldwide.
In 2002 Olga was appointed composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival. Olga Neuwirth’s works explores a wide range of forms and genres and are multi-layered and rich of colours. Her music shows an amazing variety of sound patterns which lead the listener into a labyrinth of constant metamorphosis, deconstructs language and other everyday sounds in order to find new, musical contexts for familiar acoustical elements.