Born: February 2nd, 1939, Vienna (Austria)
Harald Neuwirth studied the piano at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Graz Conservatory; moreover, he completed his law studies at the Graz University with a thesis in 1962. In that same year, he founded his first jazz trio, We Three. From 1964 until he was of pensionable age, Neuwirth taught at the Music High School in Graz, where he was a professor of jazz piano from 1980 onwards. He was a founding member of the Erich-Kleinschuster-Sextett, with which he performed at jazz festivals in Austria and abroad. Kleinschuster, in his turn, played the saxophone in the Harald-Neuwirth-Konsort. Neuwirth performed with jazz greats including Art Farmer, Ack van Rooyen, Allan Botschinsky, Lee Konitz, and Miroslav Vitouš. He composed and arranged several film soundtracks and music for theatre productions.
In 1988, Harald Neuwirth was the arranger and conductor of the luckless Austrian entry ‘Lisa Mona Lisa’, which, performed by Wilfried Scheutz and his accompanying group, finished last in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin without scoring a single point.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Harald Neuwirth will be published on this website
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