Mauro Hertig (*1989 in Switzerland) is a composer with an output of ensemble, chamber and site-specific works. His focus lies on different manifestations and explorations of pulse, the exposition of musical memory and the fluid relationship between score and sound.

He studied at ZHdK in Zürich and at Kunstuniversität Graz, receiving his Bachelor with Isabel Mundry and Master of Arts in Composition with Beat Furrer and Klaus Lang. Further studies include courses and masterclasses with Georges Aperghis, Helmut Lachenmann, Elliott Sharp, Felix Profos and Peter Ablinger.

Works have been commissioned by Ensemble Recherche (Germany), Festival für Neue Musik Rümlingen (Switzerland), Österreichischer Rundfunk ORF, Collegium Novum Zürich CNZ, Soyuz21 Ensemble, Trio Onyx (Basel), Jeunesse Vienna, Duo Landman/Stadler (New York/Basel), Schallfeld Ensemble Graz, Platypus Ensemble (Vienna), Klangmanifeste Vienna, Open Music (Austria), Duo Klexs.

In 2016, Mauro Hertig has been selected as Promising Young Composer by the European-wide Ulysses Network/IRCAM, which resulted in a journey of international residencies from 2017 to 2020.

2018 has seen a portrait concert by the Austrian National Broadcast and Jeunesse Vienna with a broadcast on national radio Ö1, as well as the premiere of the landscape opera “Die Perfekte Passivität” for the Festival für Neue Musik Rümlingen in Basel. Besides that, Mauro Hertig was composer-in-residence at 180° Festival for Innovative Art in Sofia, Bulgaria.

This year’s activities include premieres of commissioned works by Soyuz21 ensemble and Les Métaboles choir. In addition, Mauro Hertig is composer-in-residence at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) Zürich and has been selected as laureate of the Voix-Nouvelles academy at the Royaumont Abbey in August/September 2019. A new work has been commissioned by the Royaumont Foundation for 2020.

Mauro Hertig lives in New York and Vienna.

CV / Detailed Biography


Selected Press (English)

Presse (Deutsch)

The Perfect Passivity – article in L’Officiel Art about opera die Perfekte Passivität (English)

Four Articles on the Great Mirror for choir (English, translated from French)

Mille Structures – Zum Schaffen Mauro Hertigs – Article in skug magazine, April 2018 (German)

Safe and Sound – Article and shared interview with Michael Anastassiades on ‘Liquid Contra’ in Tank Magazine, September 2018 (English)

“Ich hatte immer das Gefühl, da fehlt was” – Interview in VAN magazine for classic music, about the book Höranalyse (German)

One Should Always Have a Little More Lalala than Blablabla – Interview in Blatt 3000, February 2017 (English)