David Philip Hefti’s viola concerto Cantabile on YouTube

David Philip Hefti’s concerto for viola and orchestra Cantabile, a 2019 commission from the Musikkollegium Winterthur, was premiered in January 2021. With the orchestra and also the soloist of the evening Jürg Dähler, Hefti shares a long friendship.

You can now watch the premiere of the work on YouTube:

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David Philip Hefti's CD debut with Deutsche Grammophon

On 9 July 2021, Deutsche Grammophon releases Shades Of Love – Korean Drama Soundtracks, arranged orchestrally. The music will be performed by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Philip Hefti. Soloists are Daniel Hope (violin), Albrecht Mayer (oboe), Richard Yongjae O’Neill (viola), Sebastian Knauer (piano) and Philipp Jundt, Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway (flutes).

Available on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon, JPC as well as Deutsche Grammophon.

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Patricia Kopatchinskaja premieres David Philip Heftis Sechs Klanginseln

Patricia Kopatchinskaja will play and lead the world premiere of David Philip Hefti's Sechs Klanginseln (Six Sound Islands) – for violin, clarinet and string orchestra with the CAMERATA BERN on June 27, 2021, with clarinetist Reto Bieri as co-soloist.

It is a commission from CAMERATA BERN and artistic partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja, who brought Hefti to Bern as composer-in-residence for the 2020/21 season. The program of the concert entitled Reigen consists of Hefti's work and various dances by Ligeti, Schönberg, Schubert, Veress and Bartók and is intended to bring the home countries and sounds of great composers into the concert hall and bring them to life there. This concert will also be recorded by radio SRF 2 Kultur and broadcast in autumn 2021.
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David Philip Hefti conducts the Basel Symphony Orchestra in a WP of his work Final(ment)e

Hefti's new work Final(ment)e – Beziehungsweisen for two trumpets and orchestra will be premiered on June 23 and 24, 2021 in the Stadtcasino Basel by Immanuel Richter and Huw Morgan as soloists and the Basel Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Hefti himself.

June 23 & 24, 2021, 7:30 p.m., Stadtcasino Basel
Basel Symphony Orchestra

Hefti: Final(ment)e – Beziehungsweisen for two trumpets and orchestra
Huw Morgan, trumpet / Immanuel Richter, trumpet
David Philip Hefti, conductor

Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor
Sol Gabetta, cello
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Ivor Bolton, conductor

Radio SRF 2 Kultur will record this concert and broadcast it on October 14, 2021 at 8 p.m. in the program “In the concert hall”. read more less

Supersonic Award for The Snow Queen

The CD with David Philip Hefti's second music theater work The Snow Queen was awarded the Supersonic Award in November 2020.

Reviewer Uwe Krusch from Pizzicato magazine writes:

This musical story follows the fairy tale The Snow Queen by the Danish poet Hans Christian Andersen and is based on a libretto by Andreas Schäfer. David Philip Hefti composed the music. The first performance by the commissioning Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich has now been recorded.

The story is about a little girl who is looking for her long-time playmate who was kidnapped by the Snow Queen. Like many of Andersen’s other fairy tales, this one also deals with the small happiness of ordinary people in a humorous and ironic way. The girl’s search takes place in dreamlike scenes in which she meets various characters until she redeems the boy with her tears.

Although Hefti works with modern tonal language including microtonal elements, his music is truly appealing. This may also be due to the fact that one listens above all to the sung or spoken words and that the music is effectively creating background moods, so that in combination with the voices it unfolds a more enchanting than disturbing effect. This is also helped by the committed and delightful performance by the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra under the direction of the composer.

Mojca Erdmann sings the four roles assigned to her, especially the one of the Snow Queen, with intensity, without appearing vocally strained at all. The narrators, in two roles each, Delia Meyer and Max Simonischek, succeed in creating their parts so that they convey the dreamlike and also somewhat surreal character of the piece in an expressive way. In this way, composer and librettist have created the base of a wonderful fairy-tale, which is then strikingly interpreted by the performers.
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David Philip Hefti: Sechs Klanginseln – for violin, clarinet and string orchestra

Patricia Kopatchinskaja, leader and violin
Reto Bieri, clarinet / Camerata Bern

David Philip Hefti: Wechselgesang – Mosaic No. 2 for solo viola
world premiere

Jürg Dähler, viola


Sechs Klanginseln (2021) +

for violin, clarinet and string orchestra

Final(ment)e (2021) +

'Beziehungsweisen' for two trumpets and orchestra

Cadenza and interludes (2021) +

for the Sonata in a minor for solo flute (Wq 132) by C. P. E. Bach

Mormorando (2020) +

music for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon

Gallicinium (2020) +

music for the fourth nocturnal vigil for wind quintet