(b. 1967, Wettingen).
Swiss composer, now resident in Canada, of mostly orchestral, chamber and vocal works that have been performed throughout the world.
Prof. Neidhöfer studied composition with Rudolf Kelterborn, music theory with Roland Moser and piano with Jean-Jacques Dünki at the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel from 1986–92. He then studied composition with Donald Martino and Bernard Rands and music theory with David Lewin at Harvard University from 1992–99, on the Fulbright Scholarship, where he earned his PhD in music theory with a dissertation on the late works of Igor Stravinsky.
Among his honours are the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt (1994, shared with Anton Vishio), Premier Prix in the competition Besançon (1994) and the Akiyoshidai International Composition Award (1997).
He has taught as Assistant Professor of Music Theory at McGill University in Montréal since 1999. He lectured at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 2000.
He has lived in Canada since 1999.
His publisher is Ricordi München.
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
Schichtung, small orchestra (15 players), 1993
Caché, small orchestra (13 players), 1996
Glimpses, 'Auf den Spuren eines Programms', 23 strings, 1999
Bläserquintett, flute (+ alto flute), oboe (+ English horn), clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 1990–92
String Quartet, 1992, revised 1994
Kleine Szene, flute, 1993
Interplay, flute (+ alto flute), bass clarinet, French horn, harp, violin, viola, double bass, percussion, 1995
...entrückt..., 2 flutes (2nd + alto flute), 2 oboes (2nd + English horn), 3 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, French horn, double bass, percussion, 1995
Erfüllt von leiser Antwort, violin, piano, 1995
Klangkreis, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, 2 French horns, 1996–97
Nach Innen, guitar, 1997
Zeitbogen, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, trombone, harp, guitar, viola, cello, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, 1998
Interlude, alto flute, 1999
Sieben Miniaturen, accordion, 1999–2000
Sol(o), cello, 2001
Stretto, accordion, 2001
Brechung, string quartet, 2002
ONDES, 8 mixed voices, small orchestra (15 players), 2000
Vier Lieder nach Robert Walser (text by Robert Walser), soprano, cello, 1995
Ixion, soprano/mezzo-soprano, alto flute, French horn, lute/guitar, violin, percussion, 1995
AU, baritone, percussion, 1997
(d)al niente, soprano, 2 ensembles (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion; clarinet, violin, percussion), 2001
Quasi solo, soprano, basset horn, cello, percussion, 2001
Schichtung; Ixion; String Quartet; Interplay; Zeitbogen. Johannes Kalitzke/Klangforum Wien (Grammont: CTS-M 59, 1999)
Interlude. Felix Renggli, alto flute (Grammont: CTS-M 73, 2001)
Quasi solo. Sylvia Nopper, soprano; Collegium Novum Zürich (Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik 2001, documentation CD, 2001)
Nach Innen. Christoph Jäggin, guitar (Musikszene Schweiz: MGB CD 6191, 2002)