World Premiere of David Philip Hefti’s Mormorando in a livestream

In a livestream concert on 13 April 2021 at 7:30 p.m., David Philip Hefti’s Mormorando – music for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon will be premiered by Swiss Chamber Soloists Felix Renggli, Emanuel Abbühl, Stojan Krkuleski and Sergio Azzolini. The concert will also feature Bach’s Ricercare a 6 in Hefti’s arrangement for winds as well as Mozart’s Gan Partita by the members of the Swiss Chamber Academy.
You can watch the concert here.

April 13, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Bach: Ricercare a 6 – arrangement for winds by David Philip Hefti
Hefti: Mormorando – music for flute, oboe, carintet and bassoon
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Light and Shade – new CD with David Philip Hefti

Swiss composer David Philip Hefti and the Amaryllis Quartett present premiere recordings of three of Hefti’s works for string quartet and soloists on the CD “Light and Shade.” On 18 March, the recording will be released at NEOS; in May the CD will be available on all digital outlets.

“Light and Shade” grew out of a long-standing collaboration between the Amaryllis Quartett and Hefti, and is also their first joint CD project:

An durchsichtigen Fäden – for mezzo soprano and string quartet to a poem by Kurt Aebli from 2018 is dedicated to the Amaryllis Quartett and mezzo-soprano Maria Riccarda Wesseling; world premiere in April 2018 in Lübeck

Concubia nocte – music for the second nocturnal vigil (String quartet No. 5) from 2018; world premiere in October 2018 at the Engelberg Monastery with the Merel Quartett.

Danse interstellaire – mourning music for basset clarinet and string quartet from 2014 with the Amaryllis Quartett and Bernhard Röthlisberger on basset clarinet, is dedicated to David Philip Hefti’s mother; world premiere in October 2015 at Schwetzingen Castle with Nikolaus Friedrich and the Amaryllis Quartett

“The long-term relationship with the Amaryllis Quartett is one of the most gratifying collaborations of my career so far. The four musicians combine the analytical understanding of the works with an emotional approach to the music and thus belong – to my ears – to the best string quartets of today. That our partnership is crowned by the first joint CD “Light and Shade” makes me particularly happy.” David Philip Hefti read more less

David Philip Hefti conducts the Musikkollegium Winterthur

Composer and conductor David Philip Hefti will conduct the Musikkollegium Winterthur in a house concert on Friday, 29 January 2021. In addition to Mozart, Hefti’s own compositions will be on the program, for example the world premiere of his work Cantabile – Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, a commissioned work by the Musikkollegium Winterthur from 2019. Hefti already has a long friendship with the orchestra and also with the evening’s soloist Jürg Dähler.

Overview of the concert:
29 January 2021, 7:30 p.m., streaming concert
Mozart: Symphony No. 1 E flat major
Hefti: Cantabile – Concerto for VIola and Orchestra
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Hefti: Adagietto for string orchestra
Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor

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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: con fuoco – string quartet no. 4

Amaryllis Quartett

*This concert will be streamed live without an audience.*

David Philip Hefti: Cadenza and interludes to the Sonata in a minor for flute solo by C. P. E. Bach
world premiere

Philipp Jundt, flute


Media nox (2019) +

music for the third nocturnal vigil for flute and orchestra

Cantabile (2019) +

concerto for viola and orchestra

Concubia nocte (2018) +

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

The Snow Queen (2018) +

a story in music for soprano, 2 speakers and orchestra