Mathias Steinauer was born in Basel and studied composition (Robert Suter / Roland Moser) and music theory at Basel Academy of Music. From 1986 until 1988 he studied composition under György Kurtág in Budapest. He has taught music theory, chamber music, and runs courses for new music and composition at the ‘Musik und Theater Zürich / Winterthur’ since 1986. He has performed and/or lectured at various schools of music, symposia and festivals in many European countries, Azerbaijan, China, Brazil, North America and Japan. Mathias Steinauer is the co-founder of the self-publishing community ADESSO. He is a member of the board of directors of the Swiss Society for New Music (SGNM) and Oggimusica. He was also the artistic director of the ISCM New World Music Days ‘trans_it’ in 2004. Mathias Steinauer lives in Tessin.