Manuela Meier is an Austrian composer and classical accordionist. She studied Composition with Beat Furrer and Pierluigi Billone at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz, Austria and with Simon Mawhinney and Piers Hellawell at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK) and is currently a PhD student at Harvard University, under the supervision of Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.
Manuela also studied Classical Accordion at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz under the supervision of accordionists Georg Schulz, Janne Rättyä, James Crabb and Geir Draugsvoll.
Manuela was the ensemble manager of STROMA New Music Ensemble (New Zealand) in 2011-12.
Both instrumental and electroacoustic works have been performed at festivals and concerts in Austria, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, such as the “Festival of Contemporary Music – Sonorities” in Belfast/UK, the “Festival Next Generation” at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe/Germany and the “Steirischer Herbst Festival/Musikprotokoll” in Graz/Austria, by ensembles such as the Arditti String Quartet, Stadler Quartet, STROMA New Music Ensemble, JACK Quartet and ELISION Ensemble. Interdisciplinary work on the audification of earthquake data has been presented at the Linux Audio Conference, the International Conference on Auditory Display and the International Computer Music Conference.
Manuela was finalist of the Kingston University International Call for New Work 2010 with the Arditti String Quartet and composer Wolfgang Rihm as artists in residence. In 2010 Manuela also won the Förderungspreis (progess prize) of the Franz Liszt Kompositionswettbewerb 2010 of the Franz Liszt Hochschule Weimar in Germany.
As an instrumentalist Manuela also performed in Austria, the United Kingdom, United States, Bosnia/Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, New Zealand and Australia and in telematic concerts with the USA, Canada and South Korea.
Last updated: September 16, 2015