Manuela Meier is a composer and classical accordionist born in Austria. She holds degrees from Harvard University, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz. In 2011-12 she was the ensemble manager of the New Zealand-based Stroma New Music Ensemble.
Manuela Meier’s compositional practice and theoretical research is based on the study of musical timbre, spectrum and the ephemeral nature of music, in the context of auditory perception, systems theories and their interlinkage with temporal structures.
Her instrumental and electroacoustic works have been performed throughout Europe, the United States, New Zealand, Australia and Mexico, at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music in Belfast, the Steirischer Herbst Festival, the Moving Sounds Festival New York, Internationale Ferienkurse Darmstadt and the Aspekte Festival Salzburg, by ensembles such as the Arditti String Quartet, JACK Quartet, ELISION Ensemble and Ensemble Recherche.
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. As an instrumentalist Manuela also performed in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Bosnia/Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, and in telematic concerts with the United States, Canada and South Korea, with musicians such as Pauline Oliveros.
Manuela Meier is the recipient of awards and scholarships by Harvard University, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Schafer Fellowship, the SKE Fonds Austria, the Arts Council Northern Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast, and PRS Foundation, amongst others. Her writings on music have been published by Wolke Verlag, and her music has been released by the record label Col Legno.