One of today’s emerging young composers, 22-year-old DAVID HERTZBERG has already captured several prestigious awards. In spring 2012 he received the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. Mr. Hertzberg has also been selected for a Copland House residency and received the 2012 Aaron Copland Award. He was chosen as the 2012-2014 Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence, which brings him two commissions to be written for and performed by YCA artists. Mr. Hertzberg currently holds the William B. Butz Composer Chair of YCA.
David Hertzberg was asked to compose a work for the New Juilliard Ensemble; the piece, entitled femminina, oscura, will be premiered at Alice Tully Hall in April 2013. Mr. Hertzberg is also a 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music winner, resulting in a commission from the PRISM Saxophone Quartet.
In May 2012 the Stenhammar Quartet premiered Mr. Hertzberg’s quartet Méditation Boréale at the Master Class Programme of the Swedish Collegium in Uppsala, Sweden. While there, he worked with Steven Stucky and Anders Hillborg. This past summer Mr. Hertzberg attended the Aspen Music Festival and worked with George Tsontakis.
Mr. Hertzberg’s Nympharum for high soprano and orchestra won the Juilliard Orchestra’s competition and was premiered in 2011 at Alice Tully Hall. 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.
He has studied composition at the Internationale Ferienkurse fur 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. After private studies with Russell Steinberg at UCLA and David Fick at the USC Thornton School of Music he continued his studies in 2006 at the New England Conservatory and at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts with Whitman Brown. He is currently in the accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program at The Juilliard School, where he received a teaching fellowship for the 2012-2013 school year and is working with Samuel Adler. In spring 2012, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree with Scholastic Distinction at Juilliard and was awarded the John Erskine Prize for outstanding artistic and academic achievement. In the fall, he will begin his studies in the Artist Diploma program at the Curtis Institute, where he will work with Jennifer Higdon.
[Surname is pronounced: Hurts-berg]