Acme Studios — David Philip Hefti

Supporting Artists since 1972

David Philip Hefti

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

David Philip Hefti is a Swiss conductor and composer. He studied at the music academies of Zurich and Karlsruhe. David’s works encompass orchestral, vocal and chamber music. As both conductor and composer he has worked with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Bavarian Radio, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Ensemble Modern.

In 2013, David 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, Anna’s Mask, was given its world première at the St. Gallen Theatre under Otto Tausk. In November 2018, David’s second music-theatre piece, The Snow Queen, a story in music based on Hans Christian Andersen, was premièred in the Tonhalle Maag in Zurich. The title role was sung by the soprano Mojca Erdmann, while David himself conducted the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.

Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland

The Landis & Gyr foundation awards studio scholarships to Swiss artists and cultural professionals in London, Budapest, Sofia and Zug. Its London-based residency partnership with Acme was established in 1987, and provides six month long work/live opportunities for ten Swiss artists per year. Artists are selected for the programme directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung and must demonstrate a track record of achievement in their field. Over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefitted from the programme. Residencies are based in Stepney, E1 and are available to Swiss residents only

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