David Philip Hefti as Composer in Residence of the Zermatt Music Festival with, among others, a commissioned work for the 40th anniversary of the Scharoun Ensemble (September 2023)

Conductor and composer David Philip Hefti is Composer in Residence at this year’s Zermatt Music Festival, where he will present his new octet Des Zaubers Spuren, commissioned by the festival for the Scharoun Ensemble, among other works. The festival was founded in 2005 by the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philhamoniker and built around an orchestral and chamber music academy.

Already during my music studies, I often performed Schubert’s Octet as a clarinetist. Since then, I have encountered it repeatedly and therefore I was delighted to be able to compose a new work for the 40th anniversary of the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin in my role as Composer in Residence at this year’s Zermatt Music Festival. To base my new octet “Des Zaubers Spuren” on Schubert’s masterpiece and to compose it for one of the best ensembles inspired me. I am looking forward to working on and premiering my octet with these gifted musicians at the foot of the Matterhorn“, says David Philip Hefti.

As Composer in Residence, Hefti will be featured in various concert formats. In addition to rehearsing and conducting concerts with the Scharoun Ensemble and the Zermatt Festival Orchestra, as well as other concerts featuring works by Hefti, this will include work with the academy’s musicians. On two concert evenings, the young musicians of the Zermatt Music Academy will perform Hefti’s Gallicinium “Musik zur vierten Nachtwache” for wind quintet and Monumentum for string sextet.


12 September, English Church
Academy Musicians 2023
David Philip Hefti: Gallicinium „Musik zur vierten Nachtwache“ für Bläserquintett

13 September, St. Mauritius-Pfarrkirche
Academy Musicians 2023
David Philip Hefti: Monumentum für Streichsextett

15 September, St. Mauritius-Pfarrkirche (including Pre-Concert Talk)
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
Zermatt Festival Orchestra
David Philip Hefti, Conductor
Christiane Karg, soprano – Wolfram Brandl, violin/concert master – Jonathan Kelly, Oboe
Bach: Konzert für Oboe und Violine in c-Moll BWV 1060
David Philip Hefti: Des Zaubers Spuren (2023), World premiere commissioned by the festival for the Scharoun Ensemble
Alban Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder (arranged by Reinbert de Leeuw)
Schubert : Sinfonie Nr. 4 in c-Moll, D. 417 „Tragisch“

16 September, St. Mauritius-Pfarrkirche
David Philip Hefti, Conductor
Zermatt Festival Orchestra
Christiane Karg, Sopran
Mozart: Così fan tutte (arranged for wind octet by Andreas N. Tarkmann)
Berlioz: Les Nuits d’été, Op. 7
Strauss: Metamorphosen für 23 Solostreicher

17 September, Kapelle Riffelalp
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
Christiane Karg, soprano
Academy Musicians 2023
Beethoven: Oktett für Bläser in Es-Dur, Op. 103
David Philip Hefti: Fünf Szenen für Gustav – Streichquartett Nr. 6
Mahler: Rückert-Lieder für Gesang und Streichquartett (arranged by David Philip Hefti)

Please find more information on David Philip Hefti and the concerts here.

On 27 September, the German premiere of the commissioned work Des Zaubers Spuren will take place on the occasion of the Scharoun Ensemble’s 40th anniversary concert at the Berlin Philharmonie.

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