Manuela Meier is an Austrian composer and classical accordionist based in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied composition with Beat Furrer and Pierluigi Billone, music theory with Georg Friedrich Haas at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria, and with Simon Mawhinney and Piers Hellawell at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK). She also attended master classes in composition with Brian Ferneyhough and Georges Aperghis, among others. Furthermore, Manuela Meier studied classical accordion at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz under the supervision of accordionists Georg Schulz, Janne Rattya, James Crabb, and Geir Draugsvoll. In 2011- 2012, she was the ensemble manager of New Zealand‘s Stroma New Music Ensemble, under the artistic direction of composer Michael Norris. She is currently undertaking PhD studies in composition at Harvard University under the supervision of Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku, where she also works with Christopher Hasty and Richard Beaudoin.