Thomas Neuwirth was born in 1988 in a small town in Austria’s countryside. The stage persona Conchita Wurst, which he created in 2011, owes her existence to Tom’s life-long fight against discrimination. Conchita became the catalyst for discussions about terms like “different” and “normal” as well as his vehicle to carry his message all over the world in the most visible and unmistakable way. Appearances, genders, and countries of origin simply do not matter when it comes to the dignity and liberty of the individual.
Conchita’s first public appearance took place in 2011 at the Austrian TV casting show “Die große Chance!” (“The Big Opportunity”). In 2012, she is a candidate for the Austrian qualifying round for the Eurovision Song Contest and finishes second.
Wurst came to international attention after winning the Eurovision Song Contest for Austria with the song “Rise Like a Phoenix” in 2014. Today she is known as pop musician and LGBT icon. As a symbol of tolerance and to fight discrimination she has been invited to various pride parades, the European Parliament and met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In March 2016, Conchita gave an acclaimed concert at the iconic Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.