Carola Bauckholt was born in Krefeld, Germany, in 1959. After working at the Theater am Marienplatz (TAM), Krefeld, she studied composition at the Musikhochschule Köln with Mauricio Kagel (1978-84). She has received numerous awards and is regularly performed internationally. In 2013, she was elected as a member of Akademie der Künste in Berlin. In 2015, she was appointed as professor of composition at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität in Linz, Austria.
A central theme of Bauckholt's work is the examination of the phenomena of perception and understanding. Her compositions often blur the boundaries between visual arts, musical theater and concert music. She is especially fond of using noisy sounds, which are often produced by unconventional means. It is important to note that these noises are not just part of some kind of a predetermined compositional structure, but rather they are carefully studied and left free to unfold and develop at their own pace lending the compositions their own unique rhythm.