David Hertzberg, composer in residence


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One of today’s leading young composers, 22-year-old DAVID HERTZBERG is quickly gaining attention, having captured several prestigious awards within weeks.  In spring 2012 he received the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award.  He was also named the Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence for 2012-14, which includes two commissions for members of the YCA roster.  The first work will be composed for the new ensemble, miXt, and will be premiered in the Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and in New York at Merkin Concert Hall this season.

David Hertzberg has been selected to compose a work for the New Juilliard Ensemble, which will be premiered at Alice Tully Hall in September.  Another upcoming premiere is a quartet he is writing for the Stenhammar Quartet as part of the spring 2012 Master Class Programme of the Swedish Collegium in Uppsala, Sweden.  There, he will work with Steven Stucky and Anders Hillborg.  This summer Mr. Hertzberg will also attend the Aspen Music Festival and work with George Tsontakis.

As a result of winning the Juilliard Orchestra Competition, Mr. Hertzberg’s Nympharum for high soprano and orchestra was premiered in 2011 at Alice Tully Hall.  It received further distinction with the William Schuman Prize at the 2011 BMI Student Composer Awards and the Arthur Friedman Prize for the score judged most outstanding in the competition.

He has studied composition at the Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt in 2008, the Freie Universität in Berlin in 2009 and he was a fellow at the European American Musical Alliance at La Schola Cantorum in Paris in 2010. 

Born in 1990 in Los Angles, California Mr. Hertzberg started studying composition, violin, cello, and piano at the age of eight at the Colburn School.  After private studies with Russell Steinberg at UCLA and David Fick at the USC Thornton School of Music he continued his studies in 2006 at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts with Whitman Brown and at the New England Conservatory.  He is currently in the accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program at The Juilliard School working with Samuel Adler.


Instrumental - Large Ensemble


Nympharum for high soprano and orchestra (15 minutes)

(3 flutes, 3 oboes, 3 clarinets, 3 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba timpani,

2 percussion, harp, celesta, solo soprano and strings)

Winner of the Juilliard Orchestra Competition

2011 Arthur Friedman Prize for the score judged most outstanding in the competition

2011 William Schuman Prize (BMI)

Premiered by Jennifer Zetlan and the Juilliard Orchestra under Jeffrey Milarsky

 at Alice Tully Hall on April 1, 2011


Instrumental – Solo and Chamber


Endymionis Somnum Dormire for soprano and String Quartet (10 minutes)

2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award

Performed by members of the Zelenka Collective at the University of Michigan and performed in Paul Hall at The Juilliard School (2011)


Vocalise for cello and piano (6 minutes)

Performed in Morse Hall at The Juilliard School and at the Austrian Cultural Forum by members of the Argento Ensemble (2010)


Four Pieces for Piano for solo piano (5 minutes)

Performed at The Juilliard School, The Bard College Conservatory, The Longy School of Music, and Westminster Choir College.


Future Compositions:

Commission for Stenhammar quartet

Commission for miXt

Commission for New Juilliard Ensemble

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