CV / Long Biography


Mauro Hertig

*1989 in Switzerland
lives in Vienna


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


Commissions by ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation), 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, among them Berlin-based poetry collective G13 in a 2012 European tour



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

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

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

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


Bands, Orchestra, Other Projects

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

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


Prices, Selections

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

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

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

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

Selected as composer in ensemble recherche’s program „next to recherche“ in Freiburg, Germany

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


Selected Press

„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“

– Swiss author 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