Premiere of "Der Tod und das Mädchen" at Graz Opera at 24 May
On 24 May, the ballet production "Der Tod und das Mädchen“ will be premiered at Graz Opera. In two parts, the evening musically and choreographically combines Hefti's commissioned work "Ans Ende der Zeit" with Franz Schubert's famous string quartet "Der Tod und das Mädchen".
May 22, 2023
April 26, 2023
21 April 2023 at 19:00 CET - Livestream of the International Classical Music Awards
On 21 April, the awards gala of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) will take place in Wroclaw. The gala can be watched live on the Deutsche Welle Youtube channel.
The composer and conductor David Philip Hefti will receive the Composer Award that evening. For jury president Remy Franck "Hefti's tonal language captivates with an enormously wide spectrum of expressive means. Luminous timbres and dramatic constructions are as much a part of it as subtle and fragile sonic developments. The spectrum of genres in which the composer expresses himself is also wide, with the result that his music reaches performers as well as a broad audience.".
At the award ceremony at the National Forum for Music, the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero will perform con moto - Beziehungsweisen for orchestra by Hefti in the second half of the concert. For the composer, this work in particular is very appropriate, since "the title should be understood as a desire to get cultural life moving again."
For Hefti, "it is an honor to be given this year's ICMA Composer Award. After the Corona years of artistic starvation, I'm grateful to ICMA's distinguished jury for their tireless work in showing us a hopeful perspective through pre-pandemic diversity and abundance, which is important in every sense, especially today."
April 20, 2023
David Philip Hefti receives the Composer Award of the International Classical Music Awards 2023
David Philip Hefti will be honored with the Composer Award of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) in April 2023, and it is precisely the diversity of his works that is the focus. “Hefti’s tonal language captivates with an enormously wide spectrum of expressive means. Luminous timbres and dramatic constructions are as much a part of it as subtle and fragile sonic developments. The spectrum of genres in which the composer expresses himself is also wide, with the result that his music reaches performers as well as a broad audience.” said jury president Remy Franck. read more
February 09, 2023
«Rhapsody» live online at Deutschlandfunk Kultur (February 2023)
Harmonie Heilbronn, Theodor-Heuss-Saal
Recording from 22.09.2022
David Philip Hefti
«Rhapsody» for baritone and orchestra on a text by Sir Salman Rushdie
Benjamin Appl, Bariton
Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn
Conductor: Case Scaglione
February 06, 2023
World premiere «Rhapsody» for baritone and orchestra (September 2022)
To mark the 75th birthday of the writer Salman Rushdie, the composer and conductor David Philip Hefti was commissioned by the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn to compose a new work in April 2020. On 21 September 2022, Hefti's «Rhapsody» for baritone and orchestra will be premiered with the Württembergisches Kammerorchester conducted by Case Scaglione and featuring baritone Benjamin Appl.
Once Hefti was in contact with Rushdie, it began "an inspiring correspondence that resulted in a completely new text composition of passages from Rushdie's novel «The ground beneath her feet». My composition freely follows the rhapsodic text and, despite the orchestration, is orchestrated in a chamber music style, which allows the wonderful ambitus of Benjamin Appl's singing voice of almost three octaves to come into its own."
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 due to the subject matter of his novel «The Satanic Verses».
Further information on the premiere on 21 September 2022 in the Heilbronn Harmonie at
https://www.wko-heilbronn.de and about the work at
September 15, 2022
Opus Klassik: Five-time nomination for David Philip Hefti (June 2022)
Composer and conductor 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) and New Classical Music (24).
More information can be found here:
September 13, 2022
David Philip Hefti’s String Quartet „con fuoco“ – played by the Amaryllis Quartett (März 2022)
In May 2021 the Amaryllis Quartet played David Philip Hefti’s String Quartet No. 4 “con fuoco” at the Putbus Festival in the Putbus Theater. More information about the work can be found here: hefti.net/de/werke/
Gustav Frielinghaus – violin, Lena Sandoz – violin, Mareike Hefti – viola, Yves Sandoz – cello
September 11, 2022
David Philip Hefti (January 2022)
n April 2022 David Philip Hefti’s Fünf Szenen für Gustav – String Quartet No. 6 and his arrangement of the Rückert Lieder by Gustav Mahler (soprano: Juliane Banse) will be heard with the Amaryllis Quartet in Bremen, Lübeck and Hamburg. In the Kölner Philharmonie, Neues Werk for viola and string orchestra, a composition commissioned by Camerata Zürich and Kölner Philharmonie, will be premiered with Lawrence Power.
In 2021, Patricia Kopatchinskaja invited composer David Philip Hefti to be CAMERATA BERN’s Composer-in-Residence and conducted as well as performed the world premiere of his work Sechs Klanginseln – for violin, clarinet and string orchestra in Bern. The concert program combines Hefti’s music with works by Schubert, Bartok and Schönberg, among others.
September 10, 2022