Mauro Hertig is a Swiss composer with an output of ensemble, chamber and site-specific works. His focus lies on explorations of interdependence, creating stage environments that distribute agency in game-like settings, often using sounds of intimate speech, touch and instructions.
He studied at University of the Arts in Zürich and Kunstuniversität Graz, receiving his Bachelor with Isabel Mundry and Master of Arts in Composition with Beat Furrer and Klaus Lang. Further studies include masterclasses with Georges Aperghis, Helmut Lachenmann, Elliott Sharp and Peter Ablinger.
His works have been commissioned by Ensemble Recherche, Collegium Novum Zürich, Österreichischer Rundfunk, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Royaumont Foundation, Impuls Verein Graz, Soyuz21 Ensemble, Festival für Neue Musik Rümlingen, Open Music Austria, Platypus Ensemble Vienna, among others.
In 2016, Mauro Hertig has been selected as Promising Young Composer by the EU-funded Ulysses Network, resulting in a journey of selected residencies from 2017 to 2020. More recently, he was composer-in-residence at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) Zürich, the 180° Festival for Innovative Art in Sofia and the Camargo Foundation, France. He is laureate of the Voix Nouvelles Composition Academy Royaumont 2019.
2018-19 saw a portrait concert by the Austrian National Broadcast ORF and Jeunesse Vienna, as well as the premiere of the landscape opera “Die Perfekte Passivität” for Festival Rümlingen. 2020-21 included the premiere of “My Social Muscle” at TNMAS Bangkok and Forum für Neue Musik Luzern, as well as a commission by the 58th Belgrade Biennale.
Upcoming premieres include, among others, an expansive new solo work for Florentin Ginot (Musikfabrik Köln), a new full evening’s work for Ensemble TZARA in 2022, a commission for orchestra by Basel Sinfonietta, to be premiered in Fall 2022, as well as a site-specific project at Impuls Festival Graz 2023.
Mauro Hertig is based in Berlin.