CV / Long Biography



Mauro Hertig

*1989 in Switzerland
lives in Vienna and New York

Composer of contemporary music with focus on ensemble, chamber, conceptual and site-specific works


Commissions by ORF (Austrian National Broadcaster), Collegium Novum Zürich, ensemble recherche (Freiburg, Germany), Trio Onyx (Basel), Schallfeld Ensemble (Graz), Duo Landman/Stadler (New York, Basel), Ensemble Platypus (Vienna), Festival für Neue Musik Rümlingen (Switzerland) among others

Collaborations as composer and performer with several artists and collectives such as Berlin-based poetry collective G13, in a 2012 European tour and a production with the string quartet of the International Ensemble Modern Academy, at the 180° Festival in 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria.


2013 – 2017
Master of Arts in Composition
Kunstuniversität Graz (KUG Austria), in the classes of Beat Furrer and Klaus Lang

2010 – 2013
Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Composition
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK), in the class of Isabel Mundry
Instrument: Piano
Minor: Conducting, in the class of Iwan Wassilevski

Matura graduation with major in Jazz guitar at Kantonsschule Küsnacht (Zürich, Switzerland), in the class of Giancarlo Nicolai

Further studies with Helmut Lachenmann, Georges Aperghis, Felix Profos, Elliott Sharp und Peter Ablinger

Prices, Selections

Recipient of the “Startstipendium” scholarship of the Austrian Chancellery
Composer-in-Residence at 180° Festival in Sofia

Selected by ORF (Austrian National Broadcast) and Jeunesse Vienna for a portrait concert in Vienna during Spring 2018, broadcast on Austrian national radio Ö1

Selected as “promising young composer“ by the European ULYSSES Network/IRCAM (funded by the European Union), connected with a journey of residencies from 2017 throughout 2020

Forum of Applied Abstraction (FAA) is selected by Digimus ÖAW (Austrian Digital Musicology) by the university of Vienna

2nd price for „Stift & Papier I – Worte begehren auf“, MusicaNeo and ZHdK Composition Competition

1st price in Competition for piece in own production of the church association of Zurich with “A Time for Everything“

Bands, Orchestra, Other Projects

Founder of the Forum of Applied Abstraction, online platform for interactive music analysis:

Founding member of Swiss rock band Constageus as co-composer, guitarist and singer. Two released studio albums EP and CONSTAGEUS

Concert series with JMOZ Bigband as Jazz guitarist
Concert series with the „Sinfonie Orchester Tifico“ as guitarist and mandolin player

Selected Press

„Mauro Hertig is striving for a radical structulism (…) he is constructor, craftsman, architect, in short: a compositor of tones. He creates structures and fills them with sounds“

– portrait in SKUG Musikmagazin, 26 Apr 2018

„Musical accompaniment such as by experimental guitarist Mauro Hertig further opens up the concept of the traditional reading. It becomes obvious that borders are meant to be crossed here“

– Die Tageszeitung taz (Germany) on „Stück für Solo Westerngitarre“ 12 Jan 2013

„a concert for two felt pens by Mauro Hertig (…) a wonderfully surprising, funny and highly musical ado; never before has felt pen been music to my ears just like here. (…) that relations of power, the free space between default and interpretation are being fathomed, that this concert makes the passing of time physically tangible (…) are many small encores in this truly transdisciplinary happening“

– Ruth Schweikert about Stift und Papier III, 25 May 2013 in ObservatioX publication

„The ears open up. The noises grow bigger. At some point, everyone stops talking. (…) Silence, eavesdropping. One hears the steps on the moist ground and the trousers as they swish while walking. One never hears this during daytime. Far away, a chirr starts and soon covers the whole clearing which now opens up in front of us. Something rings from behind at the edge of the forrest, it crosses the meadow like a ghost light. Right until somebody passes us with a headlamp and hand bell. Sometimes it is so simple what appeared so mysterious in the dark“

– Südkurier (Germany) 23 Aug 2016, on Pawlow at the Festival für Neue Musik Rümlingen

„(…) To listen to music in words, with the eyes, is what Mauro Hertig wrote in his performance on 72 sheets of paper“

– Schwäbische Zeitung (Germany) 3 Aug 2014, about Stift und Papier II

„(…) the 25-years old Zurich composer Mauro Hertig had the opportunity to premiere his duo for drum setups. At the core of the interplay between the two percussionists on several membrane instruments and three car brake drums there lies a clearly perceptible pulse, which is constantly being put into question“

– Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ (Switzerland) 18 Jun 2014, about percussion duo Tempong with Collegium Novum Zürich