David Philip Hefti - Composer in Residence 2020/21
David Philip Hefti studied at the music academies in Zürich and Karlsruhe, where his teachers included Wolfgang Rihm, Rudolf Kelterborn and Cristóbal Halffter. He is active today as both composer and conductor. His roughly 70 works include orchestral, vocal, and chamber music pieces written for artists such as Hartmut Rohde, Baiba Skride, Jan Vogler and Antje Weithaas and for ensembles including the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Ensemble Modern. His works have been performed by conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Cornelius Meister, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott and David Zinman. He has been invited as a guest conductor to music festivals including Wien Modern, Beijing Modern, Ultraschall Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festival Pablo Casals 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 the season 2020/21, several new works will be premiered and published. In March 2021 his arrangement of Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder for soprano and string quartet as well as his String Quartet no. 6 will be premiered by the Amaryllis Quartet with Juliane Banse at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. In June, the premiere of his Double Concerto for Two Trumpets and Large Orchestra will be premiered by the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Immanuel Richter and Huw Morgan under the direction of Ivor Bolton. A CD release on NEOS with works for string quartet is also planned.