David Hertzberg , composer
An innovative young composer, the “opulently gifted” David Hertzberg has a busy season (Opera News). As winner of the 2015 American Composers Orchestra’s Underwood Emerging Composer Commission, Mr. Hertzberg will have his new orchestral work entitled Symphony premiered by the Orchestra at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. In January, his septet Ellébore will be premiered at the Kennedy Center on Mason Bates’ KC Jukebox program. Additional works will be performed by the Kansas City Symphony, the North State Symphony, and soprano Julia Bullock at the Resonant Bodies Festival in New York. Noteworthy in his rapidly growing career is his position as 2015-2018 Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia and Music Theatre Group. Among his numerous prizes are the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2015 and 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and the 2012 Aaron Copland Award from Copland House.
Other recent commissions were premiered by New York City Opera, the Colorado All State Orchestra, pianist Steven Lin, violinist In Mo Yang, the Curtis Orchestra, and the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, in a commission from the American Composers Forum with funds from the Jerome Foundation. Mr. Hertzberg’s piece, Spectre of the Spheres, was performed by the New England Philharmonic in 2016 and was chosen by Mason Bates as one of four new works read by the Pittsburgh Symphony at the orchestra’s 11th Annual Reading Session; the piece was also selected to be read at the American Composers Orchestra’s annual Underwood New Music Reading Session.
Mr. Hertzberg has had multiple compositions premiered by Juilliard ensembles at Alice Tully Hall. In April 2013 his commission for the New Juilliard Ensemble, femminina, oscura, was premiered to a rave review from The New York Times. In 2011, Mr. Hertzberg’s Nympharum for high soprano and orchestra was premiered as the winner of the Juilliard Orchestra’s composer competition. It received further distinction with the William Schuman Prize at the 2011 BMI Student Composer Awards and the Arthur Friedman Prize for the score judged most outstanding in the competition.
As the 2012-2015 YCA Composer-in-Residence, Mr. Hertzberg’s Ablutions of Oblivion was premiered by soprano Julia Bullock in 2013 at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center. His second YCA commission, Orgie Céleste, a trio for clarinet, violin, and piano, was premiered last season on the Young Concert Artists Composers Concert at Merkin Concert Hall by Narek Arutyunian, Paul Huang, and Ursula Oppens; the New York Times wrote: “In this riveting work, Mr. Hertzberg demonstrates that a gifted young composer can be inspired by masters and still speak with a vibrantly personal style.”
In 2015, his work was performed at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong, and he held a residency at the Visby International Center for Composers in Sweden. In addition to his residency at Copland House, in 2013 Mr. Hertzberg completed a residency at the artist colony Yaddo, where he returned for a residency in 2015, and participated in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s Young Composers Program, where his commission Méditation Boréale was premiered by the Flux Quartet. The work was subsequently performed by the Dover Quartet at the Curtis Institute and the Fromm Quartet at the Tanglewood Music Center. In May 2012, Mr. Hertzberg participated in the Master Class Programme with the Stenhammar Quartet at the Swedish Collegium in Uppsala, Sweden. While there, he worked with composers Steven Stucky and Anders Hillborg. Mr. Hertzberg was a 2014 Leonard Bernstein Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and attended the 2012 Aspen Music Festival, working with George Tsontakis. He has studied composition at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt in 2008, the Freie Universität in Berlin in 2009, and he was a Fellow at the European American Musical Alliance at La Schola Cantorum in Paris in 2010.
Born in 1990 in Los Angeles, California, Mr. Hertzberg started studying composition, violin, cello, and piano at the age of eight at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Mr. Hertzberg completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees with Scholastic Distinction from the Juilliard School, where he worked with Samuel Adler. While there, he held a teaching fellowship and was awarded the John Erskine Prize for outstanding artistic and academic achievement. He holds an Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, where he worked with Richard Danielpour.
[Surname is pronounced: Hurts-berg]
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