Oliver Schneller (b. 1966 in Cologne) grew up in Africa, Europe, and Asia and studied in Germany and the United States. After completing a M.A. in political science and musicology at the University of Bonn he worked for the Goethe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal (1990-91) on a project to support and sustain local forms of traditional musical practice. In 1994 he moved to the U.S., first studying composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston, then at Columbia University in New York as a student of Tristan Murail, where he received his doctoral degree in composition (2002) with a thesis on music and space. At the City University of New York he developed and expanded the CUNY Computer Music Studio. From 2000-2001 he lived in Paris as a participant of the cursus annuel de composition et d‘informatique at IRCAM/Centre Pompidou.