David Hertzberg


An innovative young composer, 23-year-old David Hertzberg has already received several prestigious awards: the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and the 2012 Aaron Copland Award from Copland House. Upcoming premieres of newly commissioned works include: Ablutions of Oblivion for soprano Julia Bullock, to be performed on the Young Concert Artists Series both in New York City and Washington D.C.; the Colorado All State Orchestra; pianist Steven Lin through Concert Artists Guild at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall; and the PRISM Saxophone Quartet through the American Composers Forum with funds from the Jerome Foundation. This summer, Mr. Hertzberg will be a Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Mr. Hertzberg is the 2012-2014 Young Concert Artists Composer-in- Residence and holds the William B. Butz Composer Chair of YCA.

Mr. Hertzberg has had multiple compositions premiered by Juilliard ensembles at Alice Tully Hall. In April 2013 his commission for the New Juilliard Ensemble, femminina, oscura, was premiered to a rave review from The New York Times. In 2011, Mr. Hertzberg's Nympharum for high soprano and orchestra was premiered as the winner of the Juilliard Orchestra's composer competition. 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.

In addition to his residency at Copland House, in 2013 Mr. Hertzberg completed a residency at the artist colony Yaddo and participated in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival's Young Composers Program, where his commission Méditation Boréale was premiered by the Flux Quartet. In May 2012, Mr. Hertzberg participated in the Master Class Programme with the Stenhammar Quartet at the Swedish Collegium in Uppsala, Sweden. While there, he worked with composers Steven Stucky and Anders Hillborg. Mr. Hertzberg attended the 2012 Aspen Music Festival, working with George Tsontakis.

He has studied composition at the Internationale Ferienkurse für 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 Angeles, California, Mr. Hertzberg started studying composition, violin, cello, and piano at the age of eight at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. 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 New England Conservatory and at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts with Whitman Brown. Mr. Hertzberg completed his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees with Scholastic Distinction from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Samuel Adler. While there, he held a teaching fellowship and was awarded the John Erskine Prize for outstanding artistic and academic achievement. He is currently in the Artist Diploma program at the Curtis Institute, where he holds the Anthony B. Creamer III Fellowship and works with Jennifer Higdon. 

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