After graduating with her master’s degree from Juilliard in NYC, Heffter toured France as violist with the award winning Manfred String Quartet. With her travels came an appetite to write, and Heffter composed Eschapé, an impressionist flute quartet, premiered at Carnegie Recital Hall, reviewed by the New York Times as “astonishingly beautiful … an homage to Ravel.” This success paved the way for Heffter’s ambitions as a composer, positioning her for an eternal conflict between desires to both perform and create. Shown above is Heffter in viola section of the DCINY orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
Despite the pandemic of 2020, Rudin Management sponsored a carefully social distanced public concert in NYC on Park Avenue, as a tribute to 9/11
VIOLIN & PIANO
“Rage” a fury for violin & piano by Lisa Heffter
1st movement : RAGE 2nd movement: LIBERTY 3rd movement: BRUTAL
Illuminations (excerpt) – sung by Lea Friedman
An Italian woman, once a scientist in her own country, has fled to America, and finds work as a house cleaner. One day she is hired by a five star high rise hotel; in a moment of despair, she steps out onto the balcony for some fresh air, and ….is illuminated.
1st Movement 2nd Movement 3rd Movement audio recording : Laura Goldberg, Kristi Heidleberg, Annabel Hoffman, Lisa Heffter
The extraordinary Jordan Bak, branded as “A star in the making …” by CAG
Violist Jordan Bak, winner of Concert Artists Guild 2019 Victor Elmaleh Competition, plays 1st and 4th movements of Lisa Heffter’s Viola Suite in C and all four movements of Heffter’s Viola Suite in G for unaccompanied Viola.
Cello & Piano
Commission from Porto Alegre, Brazil in honor of Eva Sopher; premiered by cellist Marjana Rutkowski “..even the most taciturn man in the audience came to us very moved after listening to Lisa’s creation.“
“Flight into the Stars of Infinity”
live performance played by Misha Veselov and Eri Nakamura
Duet for Viola & Cello
1. The Opening of the Gates. 2. The Quiet Room. 3. Dance! recorded at SONY studios: performed by Dan Avshalomov and Raphael Jezerski
a synthesized symphony “ ….mesmerizing…”
sound producer Hiromi Abe
Heffter’s fury for violin & piano