Christoph Neidhöfer

(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.


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Schichtung, small orchestra (15 players), 1993

Transitio, 1994

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)