CV / Long Biography

Mauro Hertig

*1989 in Switzerland
lives in Berlin

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


Education & Training

2017 – Master of Arts in Composition, Kunstuniversität Graz (KUG), with Beat Furrer and Klaus Lang
2013 – Bachelor of Arts in Composition, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) with Isabel Mundry, Instrument: Piano
2008 – Matura (highschool) graduation, major in Jazz guitar with Giancarlo Nicolai

Other Training / Summer Programs

2020 – Opera Creation Workshop Académie Festival Aix-en-Provence
2019 – Academy Voix Nouvelles of the Royaumont Foundation, France
2017 – Impuls Academy, Graz, Austria
2015 – Impuls Academy, Graz, Austria
2014 – Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Germany
2012 – Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Germany

Recognitions / Grants

2019 – Laureate of Voix Nouvelles Academy of the Royaumont Foundation
2018 – Österreichisches Startstipendium – scholarship by the Austrian Chancellery of Culture
2016 – Promising Young Composer of Ulysses Network, resulting in a  journey of European residencies between 2017-2020
2013 – 2nd price for Stift & Papier I – Worte begehren auf, MusicaNeo/ZHdK Composition Competition

Select Commissions

Ensemble Recherche
Collegium Novum Zürich
Österreichischer Rundfunk ORF
Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik
Royaumont Foundation
Impuls Verein Graz
Soyuz21 Ensemble
Festival für Neue Musik Rümlingen
Open Music

Platypus Ensemble Vienna

Select Performances

Perfomer finals of the Freedman Classical Fellowship Competition – Slope Motion – Nov 1, 2019, Sidney Opera House, Australia
Perfomer finals of the Concours Nicati Competition – Our Ear – Duo Klexs – Aug 31, 2019, Dampfzentrale Bern
Rakhmaninov Hall, Tchaikovsky Conservatory – Flugmagnet – Studio for New Music Moscow – Mar 3, 2019, Moscow
London Design Festival – Liquid Contra – Sep 14-23, 2018
RadioKulturHaus ORF – Portrait Concert Mauro Hertig – May 2, 2018
Camerata Hall – Helsinki Music Centre -Tandem Trapez – NYKY Ensemble – April 20, 2018
Impuls Festival – Ping Pol – Mauro Hertig – Graz, Feb 18, 2017

Composer-in-Residence Positions

2020 – Camargo Foundation Cassis, France
2019 – Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology Zurich, Switzerland
2018 – 180° Festival for Innovative Art, Sofia


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Portrait Articles / Interviews

VAN Magazin, portrait interview, online issue #205, May 2019, German
Tank Magazine, interview with designer Michael Anastassiades, online, September, 2018, English
skug magazine, portrait article, online, April 2018, German
Blatt 3000, portrait interview, print issue #7, February 2017, English

Select Reviews

Res Musica – Musique Classique et Danse, The Great Mirror (2019) Olyrix – Opera online, The Great Mirror (2019)
Diapason online, The Great Mirror (2019)
Südkurier, Pawlow (2016)
Neue Zürcher Zeitung NZZ, Tempong (2014)
taz – die Tageszeitung, Stück für Westerngitarre Solo (2013)

Commercial Recordings

2019 – Sounds From Home – cassette tape with Cello Solo 2 – Holy Geometry, Berlin, Germany
2011 – Constageus, EP – co-composer, guitarist, backing vocalist – international distribution and streaming, Lala Schallplatten, Leipzig, Germany

Radio Appearances

2021 – WDR3, April 23, Mum Hum and interview, Ensemble Garage Köln, Nina Guo, Schwesternparkmusik – Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik
2019 – Montez Press Radio, NYC, November 22 – Leading in Circles – 60 min. program co-created and composed with artist Tim Simonds
2019 – ABC Classic Australia, November 1, Slope Motion at Freedman Classical Fellowship Finals, Sidney Opera Hall, Australia
2018 – Deutschlandfunk, December 29 – Die Natur ist mein Festspielhügel – including broadcast of Die Perfekte Passivität
2018 – Ö1- Österreichischer Rundfunk, Portrait Concert Mauro Hertig
2017 – Berlin Community Radio, Vibration Totale including Patterns in the Courtyard

Publications as Author

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2018 – Listening Analysis – New Tools of Musical Perception (orig. Höranalyse – Neue Werkzeuge der musikalischen Wahrnehmung), 112 pages, German, Wolke Verlag, Hofheim, Germany

Aritcles / Online

2020 – Positionen, This is Now, instruction score, 1 page, print
2019 – L’Officiel Art Magazine, The Perfect Passivity, article, 4 pages, international distr. print and online
2015 – Blatt 3000, Applied Abstraction in Analysis, article, 3 pages, print
2015 – Forum of Applied Abstraction, online forum, founder, platform for interactive listening analysis

Listening Analysis Research Symposiums

2019 – GMTH (Association of German-speaking Music Theory) annual conference, Zürich, Switzerland
2015 – Österreichische Gesellschaft für Musikwissenschaft (Austrian Association of Musicology), Studientag, Vienna, Austria

Press – Details and Excerpts

Portrait Articles / Interviews GERMAN

SKUG – Musikkultur
Mille Structures – Zum Schaffen Mauro Hertigs
(Mille Structures – On the Practice of Mauro Hertig) Portrait article by Monika Voithofer
online, April 2018, German

Mille Structures – Zum Schaffen Mauro Hertigs

VAN Magazin
“Ich hatte immer das Gefühl, da fehlt was”
(“I always felt like there was something missing”) Portrait article and interview by Mathias Monrad Møller Online issue #205, May 2019, German

Portrait Articles / Interviews ENGLISH

Blatt 3000
One Should Always Have a Little More Lalala than Blablabla
Portrait interview by Kilian Dumann
4 pages
print issue #7, February 2017, English

Tank Magazine
Safe and Sound
Interview with designer Michael Anastassiades
about sound installation Liquid Contra at London Design Festival Published online, September, 2018, English

Reviews and Mentions

(…) But it is, in fine, the Swiss Mauro Hertig who creates the moment of this concert- academy, by throwing himself in the theatrical experience, with certainly reduced means but a good dose of humor and invention. (…) funny and well guided, where the singers mingle with the public (Speculum Historiale) without neglecting the beat of the gesture or the requirement of a vocal writing that makes this theater of words a truly musical experience.

— Res Musica online – Musique Classique et Danse – The Great Mirror (2019) – (translated from French)

Cordes et voix à l’Académie Voix Nouvelles de Royaumont

(…) And then Mauro Hertig’s The Great Mirror for double vocal quartet, based on the encyclopedia of Vincent de Beauvais, which supposedly contains all the knowledge of the world. This totalizing ambition is transcribed in this three-part performance which integrates and combines a great variety of elements with a brilliance in its implementation. (…) The abundance of energy, the smiling tone of les Métaboles [choir], taking part in this experiment, are communicative, ensuring this strong moment of the concert.

— Olyrix – Opera online – The Great Mirror (2019) – (translated from French)

(…) Tinged with subtle humor, his abundant inventiveness does not deprive him of a detailed control of the musical discourse.

— Diapason online – The Great Mirror (2019) – (translated from French)

„The ears open up. The noises start growing. 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), – Pawlow (2016) – 23 August, 2016, print only (translated from German)

„(…) 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 – Tempong (2014 ) – 18 June, 2014 (translated from German)

„(…) 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) – Stück für Westerngitarre Solo (2013) – 12 January, 2013 (translated from German)!524848/

Publications as Author – Details


2018 Höranalyse – Neue Werkzeuge der musikalischen Wahrnehmung (engl: Listening Analysis – New Tools for Musical Perception) German, 112 pages, international print distribution
Wolke Verlag, Hofheim, Germany

Mauro Hertig: Höranalyse. Neue Werkzeuge der musikalischen Wahrnehmung


2019 – L’Officiel Art
Oct 2019 Intermission Issue
The Perfect Passivity
article about landscape opera Die Perfekte Passivität co-written with Erik Lindman Mata
English, 4 pages
international print distribution & online

2015 – Blatt 3000
Applied Abstraction in Analysis
print issue #4 Berlin, Germany


2015 Founding of Forum of Applied Abstraction online forum for interactive music analysis combining text with audio excerpts – Contains a collection of phenomenological tools of analysis and applications of those tools in articles on the forum