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 – Musique Classique et Danse – The Great Mirror (2019) – (translated from French) – Read Review


(…) 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 – The Great Mirror (2019) – (translated from French) – Read Review


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

Diapason – The Great Mirror (2019) – (translated from French) – Read Review


The Swiss composer and sound artist Mauro Hertig finds his inspiration in the park. Perhaps he thought that there was already enough doom and gloom in the history of music, from Don Carlo Gesualdo to Johann Sebastian Bach and György Ligeti’s Requiem. In Mum Hum, Hertig does not start at the end of life, but at its beginning, more precisely: with the imagination of ​​the soundscapes a fetus could be exposed to in the womb. All kinds of verbal and instrumental sounds can be heard in the online radio version. (…) gives an insight into the inspired workshop of Hertig, who was born in 1989 and studied at the Zurich University of the Arts.

Schweizer Musikzeitung, Torsten Möller – Mum Hum (2021) – (translated from German) – Read Article


„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 a 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) – Read Review


„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 – Stift und Papier III – 25 May 2013 in ZHdK ObservatioX publication – (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) – Read Review


Portrait Articles / Interviews


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SKUG – Musikkultur 
Mille Structures – Zum Schaffen Mauro Hertigs – (1000 Structures – On the Practice of Mauro Hertig) – Monika Voithofer – online, April 2018, German

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VAN Magazin (GERMAN)
“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
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Blatt 3000 (ENGLISH)
One Should Always Have a Little More Lalala than Blablabla – Portrait interview by Kilian Dumann – 4 pages – print issue #7, February 2017, English
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Tank Magazine (ENGLISH)
Safe and Sound – Interview with designer Michael Anastassiades – about sound installation Liquid Contra at London Design Festival Published online, September, 2018, English
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Publications as Author


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Höranalyse – Neue Werkzeuge der musikalischen Wahrnehmung
(engl: Listening Analysis – New Tools for Musical Perception) German, 112 pages, international print distribution – 2018, Wolke Verlag, Hofheim, Germany
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L’Officiel Art Magazine
The Perfect Passivity (ENGLISH) – article about landscape opera Die Perfekte Passivität co-written with Erik Lindman Mata – English, 4 pages, Oct 2019 Intermission Issue – international print distribution & online

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



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Founder 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 – active since 2015
Forum of Applied Abstraction