David Philip Hefti - composer & conductor

David Philip Hefti
- composer & conductor

 


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David Philip Hefti was born in Switzerland and studied at the music academies of Zurich and Karlsruhe, where his teachers included Wolfgang Rihm, Rudolf Kelterborn and Cristóbal Halffter. He is active today as both composer and conductor. Hefti’s ca 60 works encompass orchestral, vocal and chamber music. He has written works for artists such as Hartmut Rohde, Baiba Skride, Jan Vogler and Antje Weithaas, and he has worked with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Ensemble Modern and other ensembles.

His works have been performed by conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Cornelius Meister, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott and David Zinman, and he has been invited to participate at festivals including Wien Modern, Beijing Modern, Ultraschall Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Pablo Casals Festival 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 May 2017, his first opera, Annas Maske was given its world première at the St. Gallen Theatre.

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David Philip Hefti - Zürich (CH)

David Philip Hefti: Streichquartett Nr. 5

Merel Quartet

Location: Kulturhaus Helferei, Zürich

David Philip Hefti - Lübeck

David Philip Hefti: Monumentum – Musik für Streichsextett

Amaryllis Quartett & Barbara Buntrock & Isang Enders

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Location: Kolosseum, Lübeck

David Philip Hefti - Bremen

David Philip Hefti: Monumentum – Musik für Streichsextett

Amaryllis Quartet & Barbara Buntrock & Isang Enders

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Location: Sendesaal, Bremen

David Philip Hefti - Zürich (CH)

David Philip Hefti: Danse interstellaire – Trauermusik für Bassett-Klarinette und Streichquartett

Amaryllis Quartett / Bernhard Röthlisberger, Bassettklarinette

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Location: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Konzertsaal, Zürich

David Philip Hefti - Heidelberg

David Philip Hefti: neues Werk für Flöte und Orchester
Uraufführung

Tatjana Ruhland, Flöte
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie / Jamie Phillips, Leitung

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Location: Stadthalle, Heidelberg

David Philip Hefti - Zürich (CH)

David Philip Hefti: Monumentum – Musik für Streichsextett

CD-Aufnahme

Amaryllis Quartett & Barbara Buntrock & Isang Enders

Location: Radiostudio, Zürich

David Philip Hefti - Bukarest (RO)

David Philip Hefti: Changements – Stimmungsbilder für Orchester

Romanian Royal Camerata / Constantin Adrian Grigore, Leitung

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BIOGRAPHY 2017/2018

Despite his classically avant-garde musical language, Hefti’s prime concern is expressiveness – addressing his listener with a candid eloquence. He loves powerful contrasts and does not refrain from writing intense cantilenas. His music is capable of cumulative processes of concentration, and can unleash a vehement drive.
(Süddeutsche Zeitung)


David Philip Hefti was born in Switzerland in 1975. He studied composition, conducting, clarinet and chamber music at the music academies of Zurich and Karlsruhe, where his teachers included Cristóbal Halffter, Rudolf Kelterborn, Wolfgang Meyer, Wolfgang Rihm and Elmar Schmid. He works today as a composer and conductor, and is resident in Mannheim and Zurich.

Hefti’s oeuvre encompasses some 60 works, including orchestral, vocal and chamber music. He has composed large-scale orchestral works, solo concertos, works for chamber orchestra, string quartets, solo pieces, song cycles and an opera. He is currently completing his symphony Beziehungsweisen (“Interplays of relationships”), of which three movements have already been performed. Hefti has enjoyed a working relationship of several years’ standing with artists such as Viviane Hagner, Christian Poltéra, Hartmut Rohde, Baiba Skride, Jan Vogler and Antje Weithaas, who all regularly perform his music.

Hefti has worked with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Tokyo Sinfonietta, the Ensemble Modern, the Amaryllis Quartet and the Leipzig String Quartet. His orchestral works have been performed by conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Cornelius Meister, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, Michael Sanderling, Mario Venzago and David Zinman. He has been invited to music festivals such as Wien Modern, Beijing Modern, Ultraschall Berlin, the Lucerne Festival, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the Dvorak Festival in Prague 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. He has also won the International Composition Competition of the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the George Enescu International Competition for Composition in Bucharest and the International Gustav Mahler Composition Prize. Hefti’s works are published by Edition Kunzelmann and Edition C. F. Peters and have been recorded for CD by various labels. When his CD Changements was released, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung praised his “excellent mastery of the orchestral apparatus, both as composer and as conductor”.

In May 2017, Hefti’s first opera, Anna' s Mask, was given its world première at the St. Gallen Theatre. It is based on the true story of the Swiss singer Anna Sutter, whose life tragically mirrored the fate of her own star role, that of Carmen: her former lover, the conductor Aloys Obrist, murdered her in 1910 in Stuttgart. David Philip Hefti’s musical language, which is characterised by transparency, a chamber-music intensity and a concentrated sense of dramaturgy, is also manifested in this, his first opera. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote as follows: Anna’s Mask: Luminous ecstasy – and this is the point of it – is no betrayal of Hefti’s aesthetic stance, which otherwise tends to fragile, pointillist drops of sound solidifying into chordal structures.

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Annas Maske – Trailer
Opera in ten scenes with a prologue and an epilogue
World premiere on 6 May 2017 at the St. Gallen Theater

Portrait David Philip Hefti
A journey back in time. Film portrait of David Philip Hefti on the occasion of the premiere of his opera Annas Maske on 6 May 2017 at the St. Gallen Theater.

Video of a rehearsal with the string section only on the occasion of the premiere of David Philip Hefti's opera Annas Maske on 6 May 2017 at the St. Gallen Theater.

Film portrait of David Philip Hefti on the occasion of the Composers' Prize 2013 of the Ernst von Siemens Musicfoundation. Featuring the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Thomas Grossenbacher, cello. Director: Johannes List.

David Philip Hefti: rehearsals for the CD recording of his cello concerto Gegenklang (Großer Sendesaal des RBB Berlin) on 12th October 2012.
Thomas Grossenbacher, cello
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
David Philip Hefti, conductor

David Philip Hefti: Monumentum – music for string sextet (2014)
Andreas Janke & Willi Zimmermann, violins / Ryszard Groblewski & Jürg Dähler, violas / Thomas Grossenbacher & Beatriz Blanco, celli
Pre-concert-talk with David Philip Hefti and Alain Claude Sulzer / performance starts at 14'40''

David Philip Hefti: Adagietto – for string orchestra (2012)
CAMERATA BERN / David Philip Hefti, conductor

David Philip Hefti: Fantasies no. 1 & 2 – for flute solo (2015)
Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasies no. 1 & 2
David Philip Hefti: Fantasies no. 1 & 2
Philipp Jundt, flute

David Philip Hefti: Fantasy no. 3 – for flute solo (2015)
Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasy no. 3
David Philip Hefti: Fantasie no. 3
Philipp Jundt, flute

David Philip Hefti: Éclairs – Klangmomente für Ensemble (2013)
Ensemble Modern / David Philip Hefti, conductor

David Philip Hefti: Moments lucides – Resonanzen für Orchester (2012)

Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna / David Philip Hefti, condcutor

David Philip Hefti: con fuoco – String Quartet No. 4 (2011)
Leipziger Streichquartett

David Philip Hefti: (T)raum-Ze(n)it – Dialogue for 2 bass clarinets (2008)
Petra Stump & Heinz-Peter Linshalm, bass clarinet

David Philip Hefti: Ph(r)asen – sting quartet no. 1 (2007)
Merel Quartet

David Philip Hefti: ROTAS – concerto for oboe and orchestra (2008)
1. Atemkreis (excerpt, part 1/5)
Thomas Indermühle, oboe / Augsburg Philharmonic / Rudolf Piehlmayer, conductor

David Philip Hefti: ROTAS – concerto for oboe and orchestra (2008)
2. Scherzo interrotto (excerpt, part 2/5)
Thomas Indermühle, oboe (without reed!) / Augsburg Philharmonic / Rudolf Piehlmayer, conductor

David Philip Hefti: ROTAS – concerto for oboe and orchestra (2008)
2. Scherzo interrotto (cadenza, part 3/5)
Thomas Indermühle, oboe / Augsburg Philharmonic / Rudolf Piehlmayer, conductor

David Philip Hefti: ROTAS – concerto for oboe and orchestra (2008)
3. Abgesang (excerpt, part 4/5)
Thomas Indermühle, oboe d'amore / Augsburg Philharmonic / Rudolf Piehlmayer, conductor

2017

à la recherche...
for clarinet, viola and piano
 
E las culurs dals tuns
song cycle for baritone and piano
on Romansh texts by Bibi Vaplan
 
Chiaroscuro
contrasts for chamber orchestra
 

2016

Annas Maske
opera in ten scenes with a prologue and an epilogue
on a libretto by Alain Claude Sulzer

Resonanzen II
piano piece no. 3

As dark as night
for contralto and orchestra, on a sonnet by Shakespeare

Poème noctambule
for violin and piano

2015

12 Fantasien
for flute solo

Arioso
'Beziehungsweisen' for orchestra

con anima
mosaic for viola solo

2014

Danse interstellaire
mourning music for basset clarinet and string quartet

con moto
'Beziehungsweisen' for orchestra

Monumentum
music for string sextet

Magma
sparks of sound for violin, viola and cello

2013

Adagio
'Beziehungsweisen' for orchestra

Modules
for flute solo

An durchsichtigen Fäden
for mezzo soprano and violoncello to a poem by Kurt Aebli

Hamlet-Fragment
for vocal ensemble to a poem by Friedrich Nietzsche

Éclairs
moments in sound for ensemble

2012

Adagietto
for string orchestra

Lichter Hall
trio no. 2 for violin, violoncello and piano

Moments lucides
resonances for orchestra

Canto
for bass clarinet solo

2011

Changements
atmospheric pictures for orchestra

Beethoven-Resonanzen
piano piece no. 2

con fuoco
string quartet no. 4

Klangscherben
mosaic for violoncello solo

Mobile
string quartet no. 3

2010

Gegenklang
concerto for violoncello and orchestra

Interaktionen
for violin, viola, violoncello and piano

Bergwärts
3 aggregate states for soprano, flute, violin, cello and piano to a poem by Felix Philipp Ingold

2009

Klangbogen
music for orchestra

Rotationen
Mosaic for oboe solo

ROTAS
concerto for oboe and orchestra

2008

Poème lunaire
for viola and piano

(T)raum-Ze(n)it
string quartet no. 2

Guggisberg-Variationen
string quartet no. 2

Wunderhorn-Musik
7 sound pictures for violin and ensemble

2007

Ph(r)asen
string quartet no. 1

Rosenblätter
song cycle for medium voice and piano to poems by Rose Ausländer

Ritus
4 dance collages for violoncello solo

2006

Schattenspie(ge)l
trio for violin, violoncello and piano

Mondschatten
for violin and marimba

Schattenklang
adagio for piano

Kadenzen
to the clarinet concerto in Bb Major by Johann Stamitz

2004

AREPO (2004/05)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

O, star! II
mosaic for saxophone solo

Melencolia I
for flute, percussion and piano

Kadenz
to the Concert Rondo for piano and orchestra, KV 382, by Mozart

2003

O, star!
mosaic for clarinet solo

TENET
4 songs for soprano and ensemble to poems by Else Lasker-Schüler

2002

SATOR
concerto for clarinet and orchestra

SATOR Cycle

2001

Three slow movements and three-part fugues KV 404a
W. A. Mozart, transkr. by D. P. Hefti for clarinet, bassethorn and bass-clarinet

2000

Dedicationes
miniatures of dedication

Counterpoints on "come, sweet death"
for Clarinet Trio

Musical Offering BWV 1079
J. S. Bach, transkr. D. P. Hefti for clarinet, bassethorn and bass-clarinet

1999

DIARIUM
for violin solo

Ricercare a6
J. S. Bach, transkr. D. P. Hefti for any six instruments

David Philip Hefti: Portrait

Magma (2014) – sparks of sound for violin, viola and cello
Lichter Hall (2012) – trio no. 2 for violin, violoncello and piano
Beethoven-Resonanzen (2011) – piano piece no. 2
Hamlet-Fragment (2013) – for vocal ensemble
Klangscherben (2011) – mosaic for violoncello solo
Interaktionen (2010) – for violin, viola, violoncello and piano
Adagietto (2012) – for string orchestra

Esther Hoppe (violin), Jürg Dähler (viola), Thomas Grossenbacher (cello), Benjamin Engeli (piano), Lea Boesch (viola), Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Medea Trio, Camerata Bern / David Philip Hefti, conductor

Musiques Suisses MGB CTS-M 145

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David Philip Hefti: Changements

David Philip Hefti (*1975):
Éclairs (2013) – moments in sound for ensemble
Moments lucides (2012) – resonances for orchestra
Changements (2011) – atmospheric pictures for orchestra
Gegenklang (2011) – concerto for violoncello and orchestra
Klangbogen (2010) – music for orchestra

Ensemble Modern / ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra / German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Thomas Grossenbacher (Violoncello) / German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra

All works conducted by David Philip Hefti

col legno WWE 1CD 40407

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David Philip Hefti: Streichquartette

David Philip Hefti (*1975):
Ph(r)asen (2007) – string quartet no. 1
Guggisberg-Variationen (2008) – string quartet no. 2
Mobile (2011) – string quartet no. 3
con fuoco (2011) – string quartet no. 4

Leipziger Streichquartett

MDG Gold 307 1773-2

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David Philip Hefti: orchestral works and chamber music

David Philip Hefti (*1975):
Gegenklang (2010) – concerto for cello and orchestra
Bergwärts (2010) – 3 aggregate states for soprano, flute, violin, cello and piano
Guggisberg-Variationen (2008) – string quartet no. 2
Poème lunaire (2008) – for viola and piano
Klangbogen (2009) – music for orchestra

Thomas Grossenbacher, cello / Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich / David Zinman, conductor
Ensemble Amaltea / Amar Quartet / Duo Rouilly-Sutter
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra / Michael Sanderling, conductor

NEOS 11120

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David Philip Hefti: ROTAS

David Philip Hefti (*1975):
ROTAS (2009) - concerto for oboe and orchestra
Wunderhorn-Musik (2008) - 7 sound pictures for violin and ensemble

Thomas Indermühle, oboe / Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra / Rudolf Piehlmayer, conductor
Rahel Cunz, violin / Ensemble TaG Winterthur / Jac van Steen, conductor

NEOS 11016

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David Philip Hefti: Schattenspie(ge)l

David Philip Hefti (*1975):
Schattenspie(ge)l (2006) - trio for violin, violoncello and piano
Ritus (2007) - 4 dance collages for violoncello solo
Rosenblätter (2007) - song cycle for medium voice and piano

Primož Novšak, violin / Thomas Grossenbacher, violoncello / Keiko Tamura, piano / Judith Schmid mezzo-soprano / Oliver Schnyder, piano

telos TLS 103

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David Philip Hefti: TENET

David Philip Hefti (*1975):
TENET (2003) - 4 songs for soprano and ensemble
Schattenklang (2006) - adagio for piano
Mondschatten (2006) - for violin and marimba
O, star! II (2004) - mosaic for saxophone solo
Miroirs (1998) - for violin and piano

Rahel Cunz, violin / Lars Mlekusch, saxophone / Sylvia Nopper, soprano / Jacqueline Ott, marimba / Oliver Schnyder, piano / Stefan Tönz, violin / Zurich Chamber Ensemble / David Philip Hefti, conductor

telos TLS 126

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David Philip Hefti: SATOR

David Philip Hefti (*1975):
Diarium (1999) - for violin solo
O, star! (2003) - mosaic for clarinet solo
Melencolia I (2004) - for flute, percussion and piano
SATOR (2002) - concerto for clarinet and orchestra

Philippe Racine, flute (+alto flute) / Oliver Schnyder, piano / Stefan Tönz, violin / Valentin Wandeler, clarinet/bassethorn / Matthias Würsch, percussion / Zurich Chamber Ensemble / Members of the Collegium Novum Zurich / David Philip Hefti, conductor

telos TLS 125

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Contemporary Oboe Solo

David Philip Hefti (*1975):
Rotationen (2009) - mosaic for oboe solo
+works by Silvestrini, Lehmann und Indermühle

Thomas Indermühle, oboe

CAMERATA Tokyo CMCD-28341

Collegium Novum Zürich

Rudolf Kelterborn (*1931): Das Ohr des Innern
+Works by Schönberg/Holliger, Schmid, Scartazzini, Käser

Collegium Novum Zürich / David Philip Hefti, conductor

Musiques Suisses CTS-M 135

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Merel Quartet

David Philip Hefti (*1975): Ph(r)asen (2007) - String Quartet No. 1
Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 1 in A minor op. 41
Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters"

Merel Quartet:
Mary Ellen Woodside, violin / Meesun Hong, violin / Alexander Besa, viola / Rafael Rosenfeld, violoncello

telos TLS 104

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Fabio di Casola Musica per clarinetto solo

David Philip Hefti (*1975): Ph(r)asen (2007) - String Quartet No. 1
Robert Schumann: String Quartet No. 1 in A minor op. 41
Leos Janácek: String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters"

Merel Quartet:
Mary Ellen Woodside, violin / Meesun Hong, violin / Alexander Besa, viola / Rafael Rosenfeld, violoncello

telos TLS 104

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Duo Stump - Linshalm

David Philip Hefti (*1975):
(T)raum-Ze(n)it (2008) - dialogue for two bass clarinets

Duo Stump-Linshlam: Petra Stump & Heinz-Peter Linshalm, bass clarinets

ein_klang records

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Judith Schmid: Rosenblätter

David Philip Hefti (*1975): Rosenblätter (2007) - song cycle for medium voice and piano
Edvard Grieg: Lieder op. 48 / Maurice Ravel: Histoires Naturelles

Judith Schmid, Mezzosopran / Oliver Schnyder, Klavier

SwissPan SP 51.728

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Ensemble Clarino

David Philip Hefti (*1975): Counterpoints on "Come, sweet death" (2000) - for clarinet, bassethorn and doublebass-clarinet
J. S. Bach/D. P. Hefti: 5 Canons from the "Musical Offering" BWV 1079
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento in F major for 3 bassethorns KV 439
Edison Denisov: Two pieces for three clarinets

Ensemble Clarino: David Philip Hefti, Valentin Vogt, Valentin Wandeler

SwissPan SP 51.701

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Virtuoso

Works by Müller, Paganini, Rossini, Stravinsky, Stockhausen

Matthias Müller, clarinet / ensemble zero / David Philip Hefti, conductor

NEOS 20904 (SACD and Bonus-DVD)

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