David Philip Hefti

Despite his classically avant-garde musical language, Hefti’s prime concern is expressiveness – addressing his listener with a candid eloquence. He loves powerful contrasts and does not refrain from writing intense cantilenas. His music is capable of cumulative processes of concentration, and can unleash a vehement drive.
(Süddeutsche Zeitung)


David Philip Hefti was born in Switzerland in 1975. He studied composition, conducting, clarinet and chamber music at the music academies of Zurich and Karlsruhe, where his teachers included Cristóbal Halffter, Rudolf Kelterborn, Wolfgang Meyer, Wolfgang Rihm and Elmar Schmid. He works today as a composer and conductor, and lives with his family near Basel.

Hefti’s oeuvre encompasses some 60 works, including orchestral, vocal and chamber music. He has composed large-scale orchestral works, solo concertos, works for chamber orchestra, string quartets, solo pieces, song cycles and an opera. He is currently completing his symphony Beziehungsweisen (“Interplays of relationships”), of which three movements have already been performed. Hefti has enjoyed a working relationship of several years’ standing with artists such as Viviane Hagner, Christian Poltéra, Hartmut Rohde, Baiba Skride, Jan Vogler and Antje Weithaas, who all regularly perform his music.

Hefti has worked with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Tokyo Sinfonietta, the Ensemble Modern, the Amaryllis Quartet and the Leipzig String Quartet. His orchestral works have been performed by conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Cornelius Meister, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, Michael Sanderling, Mario Venzago and David Zinman. He has been invited to music festivals such as Wien Modern, Beijing Modern, Ultraschall Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the Dvorak Festival in Prague and the Suntory Festival in Tokyo.

In 2013, Hefti was awarded the Composer Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and in 2015 the Hindemith Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. He has also won the International Composition Competition of the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the George Enescu International Competition for Composition in Bucharest and the International Gustav Mahler Composition Prize. Hefti’s works are published by Edition Kunzelmann and Edition C. F. Peters and have been recorded for CD by various labels. When his CD Changements was released, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung praised his “excellent mastery of the orchestral apparatus, both as composer and as conductor”.

In May 2017, Hefti’s first opera, Annas Maske, was given its world première at the St. Gallen Theatre. It is based on the true story of the Swiss singer Anna Sutter, whose life tragically mirrored the fate of her own star role, that of Carmen: her former lover, the conductor Aloys Obrist, murdered her in 1910 in Stuttgart. David Philip Hefti’s musical language, which is characterised by transparency, a chamber-music intensity and a concentrated sense of dramaturgy, is also manifested in this, his first opera. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote as follows: Anna’s Mask: Luminous ecstasy – and this is the point of it – is no betrayal of Hefti’s aesthetic stance, which otherwise tends to fragile, pointillist drops of sound solidifying into chordal structures.

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David Philip Hefti

David Philip Hefti was born in Switzerland and studied at the music academies of Zurich and Karlsruhe, where his teachers included Wolfgang Rihm, Rudolf Kelterborn and Cristóbal Halffter. He is active today as both composer and conductor. Hefti’s ca 60 works encompass orchestral, vocal and chamber music. He has written works for artists such as Hartmut Rohde, Baiba Skride, Jan Vogler and Antje Weithaas, and he has worked with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Ensemble Modern and other ensembles. His works have been performed by conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Cornelius Meister, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott and David Zinman, and he has been invited to participate at festivals including Wien Modern, Beijing Modern, Ultraschall Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades and the Suntory Festival in Tokyo. In 2013, Hefti was awarded the Composer Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and in 2015 the Hindemith Prize of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. In May 2017, his first opera, Annas Maske was given its world première at the St. Gallen Theatre.

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Awards

Competitions:

  • 1st Prize Pablo Casals Competition, 2011
  • 1st Prize Gustav Mahler Competition, 2010/11, cat. orchestra
  • 2nd Prize Gustav Mahler Competition, 2010/11, cat. chamber music
  • 2nd Prize Molinari Quartet Competition, 2009
  • 4th Prize Kazimierz Serocki Competition, 2008
  • 1st Prize Composition Competition of the Bucharest University, 2008
  • Jury Special Prize Gian Battista Viotti Competition, 2007
  • 2nd Prize Ivan Spassov Competition, 2007
  • Finalist Pablo Casals Competition, 2007
  • 2nd Prize Witold Lutoslawski Competition, 2007
  • Finalist Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition, 2005
  • 1st Prize George Enescu Competition, 2005


Awards:

  • Hindemith Prize (2015)
  • Composer's Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation (2013)
  • Zollikon Arts Prize (2006)
  • Young Artist Awards of the Cultural Foundation of the UBS (2003, 2006)
  • Cultural Fund of the Federal Ministry of Culture's Young Artist Awards (2004, 2005, 2010)


Scholarships:

  • City of Zurich's Scholarship for Composers (2011)
  • "Composer-in-residence" in London, Landis & Gyr Cultural Foundation's Scholarship (2009/10)
  • Camille Graeser Foundation's Scholarship for Composers (2009)
  • Canton of St. Gall's Scholarship for Composers (2008)
  • Swiss Musicians' Association's and Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation's Scholarship (2004)


CD Awards:

  • String Quartets Nomination for the German Record Critics' Award 2013
  • Virtuoso ICMA International Classical Music Awards Nomination 2011
  • Rosenblätter 'Best of 2008' by Schweizer Radio DRS2
  • Rosenblätter Selection Musicora-Harmonia Mundi, 2007
  • Counterpoints SRI-Selection by Schweizer Radio International, 2001