This March, Olga Neuwirth was announced as the 2022 recipient of the international Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. This prize, worth € 250,000, is regarded as the most important classical music award in the German-speaking region.
Olga Neuwirth was born in Graz in 1968. She began taking trumpet lessons at age seven but had to give up playing later on due to an accident. In 1986, she went to San Francisco and enrolled at the Conservatory of Music as well as at the Academy of Art College, where she studied painting and film. She eventually transferred to the mdw.