Astrid Schwarz works and lives in Vienna. Her works’ naturalness ensnares articiality; organic material meets constructed in the haptic. She studied composition with Dieter Kaufmann, Chaya Czernowin, Detlev Müller-Siemens and Germán Toro- Perez at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, as well as computer music and electronic media at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz. She was rewarded several grants and prizes like e.g. the Theodor Körner Prize.