Born in Brno (daughter of Henry F. Tyrrell of England and his wife Josefine Kotulan). Began performing on the piano at age nine; attended the Vienna Conservatory at age 16. Studied composition with Otto Ritzler in Brno. One of only a few women to compose a symphony before 1900.
During her short life she composed more than 300 works, including solo instrumental, orchestral, and chamber music as well as vocal music, an oratorio, and an opera.