Elfriede Jelinek, born 1946 in Mürzzuschlag, in the Styria region of Austria. She grew up in Vienna, and received a comprehensive musical education from an early age. in 1960, she began to study piano and composition at the Vienna Conservatory, then, after completing her Abitur in 1964, she studied theatre studies and art history at the University of Vienna. After giving up her studies in 1967, she began writing. Today she is regarded as one of the most important contemporary German-language authors. In addition to her plays, poetry, essays, translations, radio plays, screenplays and libretti, her work includes the novels wir sind lockvögel baby (1970), Michael. Ein Jugendbuch für die Infantilgesellschaft (1972), Die Liebhaberinnen (Women as Lovers; 1975), Die Ausgesperrten (1980), Die Klavierspielerin (The Piano Teacher; 1983), Lust (1989), Die Kinder der Toten (1995) and Gier (Greed; 2000). Elfriede Jelinek is the recipient of many awards, including the Austrian State Prize for Literature (1973), the Roswitha Gedenkmedaille of the City of Bad Gandersheim (1978), the Screenplay Prize of the Federal Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Republic of Germany (1979), the Heinrich Böll Prize of the City of Cologne (1986), the Peter Weiss Prize of the City of Bochum and the Walter Hasenclever Literature Prize of the City of Aachen (both 1994), the Bremen Literature Prize (1996), the Georg Büchner Prize (1998), the Theatre Prize Berlin 2002, the Heine Prize of the State Capital Düsseldorf (2002), the Mülheimer Dramatists Prize (2002, 2004, 2009), the Stig Dagermann Prize (2004), the Lessing Prize (2004) and the Franz Kafka Prize (2004). In 2004, Elfriede Jelinek was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.