David Philip Hefti’s CD release of „The Snow Queen“ and Composer in Residence at CAMERATA BERN

David Philip Hefti will open the season as Composer in Residence at CAMERATA BERN on September 26th 2020 and on November 27th 2020 his music theater “The Snow Queen” will be released on CD (NEOS).

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Artistic Partner of CAMERATA BERN, will conduct from the violin the world premiere of Hefti’s Double Concerto for violin, clarinet, and string orchestra, with Reto Bieri on clarinet. As Composer in Residence at CAMERATA BERN, Hefti built a chamber music program as well as a single work will be played. A composer’s colloquium will be held at the Hochschule der Künste Bern (information here). Patricia Kopatchinskaja about David Philip Hefti: “ I heard the Wunderhorn-Music by David Philip Hefti and immediately became aware of this composer. They were colorful stories, cleverly instrumented and told. That we are allowed to premiere his new piece with CAMERATA BERN and the fabulous Reto Bieri is a great gift, that I am looking forward to next season.”

overview of the concert on September 26:
26 September 2020, Dampfzentrale Bern
Composer in Residence

Musicians of CAMERATA BERN
Alder: Kompositionen und Bearbeitungen von traditionellen Volksmusikstücken
Hefti: Guggisberg-Variationen – Streichquartett Nr. 2
Lully: Tänze azs Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
Kodály: Marosszéker Tänze arr. Sándor Veress
Bartók: Mückentanz arr. Noldi Adler

From November 27, 2020 Mojca Erdmann can be heard on CD (NEOS) in the title role of Hefti’s second music theater “The Snow Queen”. She says: “ For all its complexity, David Philip Hefti’s “Snow Queen” is a sensual music that touches directly. The title part was composed to fit my body so that I can unfold practically all facets of my voice, not to mention the enormous ambience. I enjoyed singing this lyrical part very much and I hope for many more performances!

The world premiere took place in November 2018 with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under the baton of the composer himself, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich. In addition to Erdmann as Snow Queen, the actress Delia Mayer, known from the television series Tatort (Switzerland), as narrator/Gerda and the actor Max Simonischek as Kay are involved as soloists.

NEOS will also release the chamber music CD “light & shade” in spring 2021 with string quartets (partly with soloists), such as “Danse interstellaire” for bassett clarinet and string quartet or the 5th string quartet “Concubia nocte” by Hefti, recorded with the Amaryllis Quartet.

Further exciting works will be completed in the coming season. Like his latest work “Four Moments” for flute and string orchestra, which was written for the flautist Philipp Jundt. read more less

Interview with David Philip Hefti for concerti Klassik-Daily

Composer David Philip Hefti became a father for the second time six weeks ago. In episode 55 of the concerti Klassik-Daily with Holger Wemhoff, Hefti talks about his current family situation, about seclusion as part of his profession and about the special work on his sixth string quartet. read more less

Japan premiere of Hefti’s Changements in Tokyo

David Philip Heftis Changements celebrates its premiere in Japan on February 28th. Under the baton of conductor Cornelius Meister, who is closely associated with the composer, the atmospheric images for orchestra will be heard at Suntory Hall in Tokyo from the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. The last time Cornelius Meister conducted the work was 2017 in Munich with the Bavarian State Orchestra.

Overview of the concert:
Februrary 28, 19.00 in Tokyo Suntory Hall

Hefti: Changements (Japan premiere)
Berg: Violin Concerto "To the memory of an angel"
Bruckner: Symphony No. 2 in C minor, WAB. 102
Violin: Christian Tetzlaff

Further information can be found here. read more less

World Premiere of David Philip Hefti’s Flute Concerto Media nox at the Heidelberger Frühling festival

On 3 April, David Philip Hefti’s Flute Concerto Media nox – Music for the third nocturnal vigil for flute and orchestra will be premiered at the Heidelberger Frühling festival by Tatjana Ruhland and the Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern under the baton of Jamie Phillips. The concert will be recorded for radio broadcast by the German public radio station Saarländischer Rundfunk. As an ‘encore’, Jörg Tröger will talk with David Philip Hefti, Tatjana Ruhland and Dietrich Götze, who initiated and donated the commission.

David Philip Hefti about Media nox:
„The harmonies of this work are primarily quarter-tone, and explore the sounds of twilight, the night, spheres, dreams, sleeplessness and hallucinations. They create sound-surfaces alternately static, animated and iridescent that are the central idea of the work; these are then repeatedly roughened up by the rhythmic and melodic threads woven by the solo flute. This microtonal music is what I repeatedly here in the twilight state between sleep and sleeplessness.“

Here you can find a podcast (in German) of the Heidelberger Frühling featuring David Philip Hefti, who talks about composing his Flute Concerto Media nox for Tatjana Ruhland, and here a mutual video of David Philip Hefti and Tatjana Ruhland about this project. In an interview with SWR2 Treffpunkt Klassik, Tatjana Ruhland speaks about the upcoming world premiere of this work, here you can listen to it.

Overview on the world premiere in Heidelberg:

3 April, 19.30 – Heidelberg, Stadthalle – Heidelberger Frühling
Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, Jamie Phillips
Hefti: Media nox – Music for the third nocturnal vigil for flute and orchestra – World Premiere
Tatjana Ruhland – Flute

You can find further information on the concert here. read more less


David Philip Hefti: Concubia nocte – music for the second nocturnal vigil
(String quartet No. 5)
cd recording

Amaryllis Quartett

David Philip Hefti: Éclairs – moments in sound for ensemble

Member of the Badische Staatskapelle
Ulrich Wagner, conductor


Media nox (2019) +

music for the third nocturnal vigil for flute and orchestra

Concubia nocte (2018) +

music for the second nocturnal vigil
(String quartet No. 5)

An durchsichtigen Fäden (2018) +

for mezzo soprano and string quartet
to a poem by Kurt Aebli

The Snow Queen (2018) +

a story in music for soprano, 2 speakers and orchestra