Roche Commissions 2016

Olga Neuwirth | Roche Commissions 2016

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 Summer by Victor Hanna and the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY, conducted by Susanna Mälkki:


Saturday, 27 August | 18.30 | KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal
Symphony Concert
Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY | Susanna Mälkki | Victor Hanna

Arnold Schoenberg Accompaniment to a Film Scene, Op. 34
Olga Neuwirth Trurliade-Zone Zero | commissioned by Roche Commissions
Anton Webern Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6
Helmut Lachenmann Schreiben


Olga Neuwirth began composing as early as age 15 and studied at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Erich Urbanner, as well as at the Electroacoustic Institute there. She then spent a period studying in the United States at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at the San Francisco Art College and in Paris at IRCAM. She received significant inspiration for her work from Adriana Hölzky, Tristan Murail, and Luigi Nono. Olga Neuwirth’s music demonstrates a wealth of sonic patterns that resemble intertwined labyrinths, in which many tiny events add up to agitated sonic complexes and tensely shimmering fabrics of voices; she finds new musical contexts for familiar sonic elements.