World premiere of David Philip Hefti's Rhapsody for baritone and orchestra to a text by Salman Rushdie

In April 2020, to celebrate the 75th birthday of the writer Salman Rushdie, the composer and conductor David Philip Hefti was commissioned by the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn to compose a new work. On September 21, 2022, Hefti's Rhapsody for baritone and orchestra will be premiered with the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, conducted by Case Scaglione and with baritone Benjamin Appl.

For Hefti, the contact with Rushdie marked the beginning of “an inspiring correspondence that culminated in a completely new text compilation of passages from his novel “The ground beneath her feet”. The composition freely follows the rhapsodic text and, despite the full orchestra, is treated like chamber music, which allows the wonderful ambitus of Benjamin Appl’s singing voice of almost three octaves to come into its own.”

The Indian-British writer Salman Rushdie is considered one of the most important authors of contemporary British literature and has been persecuted since the late 1980s because of his novel “The satanic verses”. You can find more information about the work here.

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OPUS Klassik: Five-time nomination for David Philip Hefti

Composer and conductor David Philip Hefti has been nominated for the OPUS Klassik for his new CD “Light and Shade” (NEOS 2021) in five categories:
>>Composer of the Year (05)
>>Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year (08)
>>Chamber Music Recording (12)
>>World Premiere Recording (17)
>>New Classical Music (24)

More information can be found here.

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World premiere of David Philip Hefti's 2nd viola concerto with Lawrence Power

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, David Philip Hefti's work Songs of sorrow, songs of joy - Concerto No. 2 for Viola and String Orchestra with the soloist Lawrence Power, accompanied by the Camerata Zürich under the baton of the composer, will be premiered at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall. The Swiss premiere will take place the following day (Monday, May 16, 2022) with the same performers in the Zürich Tonhalle.

Details on the concert in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall can be found here, on the concert in the Zurich Tonhalle here and on the work here. read more less

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.

Please find more information here.

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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: Rückert-Lieder – Gustav Mahler / arr. David Philip Hefti
for high voice and string quartet
David Philip Hefti: Fünf Szenen für Gustav – string quartet no. 6

Juliane Banse, soprano / Amaryllis Quartett

David Philip Hefti: Danse interstellaire – mourning music for basset clarinet and string quartet

Matthew Hunt, basset clarinet / Merel Quartet


Fanfare für Wolfgang (2022) +

for solo piccolo trumpet

Songs of sorrow, songs of joy (2022) +

Concerto no. 2 for viola and string orchestra

Rhapsody (2022) +

for baritone and orchestra
to a text by Sir Salman Rushdie

Sechs Klanginseln (2021) +

for violin, clarinet and string orchestra

Coda (2021) +

mosaic for rumpet solo

Reigen (2021) +

mosaic for violin and clarinet