David Philip Hefti

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David Philip Hefti (born 1975 in St. Gallen) is a Swiss composer and conductor.

Hefti studied composition, conducting, clarinet and chamber music with Wolfgang Rihm, Cristóbal Halffter, Wolfgang Meyer, Rudolf Kelterborn and Elmar Schmid in Zurich and Karlsruhe. He has appeared on five continents at festivals such as 'Ultraschall' in Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, 'Musica de Hoy' in Madrid, Wien Modern, Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Menuhin in Gstaad, Dvorak-Festival in Prague, 'Beijing Modern', Suntory in Tokyo and as the 'composer-in-residence' at the Moritzburg Festival, at the Schlossmediale Werdenberg and with the Heidelberg Philharmonic. He has worked with soloists such as Fabio Di Càsola, Thomas Grossenbacher, Viviane Hagner, Thomas Indermühle, Cornelia Kallisch, Wolfgang Meyer, Sylvia Nopper, Hartmut Rohde, Baiba Skride, Jan Vogler, Antje Weithaas and with conductors such as Douglas Boyd, Peter Eötvös, Howard Griffiths, Cornelius Meister, Kent Nagano, Jonathan Nott, Michael Sanderling, Jac van Steen, Mario Venzago, Ralf Weikert and David Zinman. Hefti's work has brought him together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Sinfonietta, the Leipzig String Quartet, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, the Ensemble Modern and the Collegium Novum Zurich.

Hefti is the winner of the prestigious Composition Competitions Gustav Mahler in Vienna, Pablo Casals in Prades, George Enescu in Bucharest and was awarded the Hindemith Prize and the Ernst von Siemens Composers' Prize.


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