HANS BRIDGER HERUTH (b. 1997) is an award-winning composer whose music has been praised as “lovely and delicate” (The American Prize) and for having an “invigorating richness” (KC Metropolis). In addition, he is a conductor, pianist, singer, and violinist of distinction, pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition at the University of Missouri. A lifelong musician, Heruth was born in Kansas City, Missouri and began studying both voice and piano at the age of three, training as a boy soprano. He began studying violin at the age of nine, and started composing shortly after.
As a composer, his works have been performed by many different ensembles, most notably the University Philharmonic and the University Singers of the University of Missouri, the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, KC Vitas Chamber Choir, Vox Nova, Canticum Novum Mizzou, the Show-Me Opera Program, the Heartland Men’s Chorus, the Volker Brass Quintet, and Deviant Septet. In addition to these ensembles, his works have been performed by renowned solo and chamber musicians, including tenor Steven Tharp, pianist Paola Savvidou, pianist Peter Henderson, violinist Eva Szekely, and chamber musicians from the St. Louis Symphony, including Jessica Cheng, Kyle Andre Lombard, and Bjorn Ranheim, with upcoming performances by flutist Alice K. Dade and pianist Natalia Bolshakova.
Influenced by his wide range of performance experiences, Heruth’s oeuvre ranges from opera and orchestral works to intimate chamber music and art songs. His chamber opera, “A Certain Madness”, was premiered with great acclaim and to sold out houses – based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, critics raved “Sherlock Holmes has never sounded so good” (KBIA). His current projects include a new work entitled “Wytchkraft” for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gemma New, and song cycles for some of his most frequent collaborators – Patrick Graham, lyric baritone; Connor Cochran, lyric baritone; Darrell J. Jordan, lyric baritone; and Catherine Sandstedt, coloratura soprano. Heruth’s works have been performed all across the country in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Abravanel Hall, the Folly Theatre, the Kauffman Center, the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, and even performance venues across China. Heruth has received many accolades for his compositions, most notably as a finalist for the 2015 and 2016 Sinquefield Prizes in Composition, the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, and for the 2017-2018 American Prize in Composition in both the choral music and the vocal-chamber music divisions. Heruth is a member of ASCAP and is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Heruth Publications. Heruth has studied composition with Stefan Freund, Ian David Coleman, Paul Seitz, and W. Thomas McKenney, and has also worked with Chen Yi, James Mobberley, Ke Chia Chen, William Averitt, Yevgeniy Sharlat, David Liptak, and Don Freund.
As a lyric baritone, Heruth is both a frequent chorister and recitalist. He has performed with the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, the Kantorei Choral Scholars, the Bach Collegium Choir, Ars Nova, and the University Singers of the University of Missouri. Heruth made his symphonic debut in 2013 as the winner of the Liberty Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition. As an opera singer, Heruth has performed various roles such as Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Basilio in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Dr. Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in scenes, and Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Simon Stimson in Ned Rorem’s Our Town in full productions, all with the Show-Me Opera Program. Heruth is a student of Steven Tharp, and has participated in masterclasses and coachings with Grammy award-winning baritone Daniel Belcher and Russell Miller.
An active collaborative pianist, Heruth is a staff accompanist at the University of Missouri where he accompanies the flagship choral ensemble, the University Singers, under the direction of Dr. R Paul Crabb. Heruth enjoys playing for many vocalists, and has played for many award winning singers at regional and national competitions, most recently making an appearance at the NATS National Student Auditions. Heruth often premieres his own works with soloists and ensembles. He currently studies piano with Janice Wenger.
As a violinist, Heruth is a frequent performer as both a chamber and symphonic musician. He has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Odyssey Chamber Orchestra, the Bach Collegium Orchestra, the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra, and the University Philharmonic at the University of Missouri. He has worked with conductors such as Aram Demirjian, Kirk Trevor, Andre Thomas, Steven Amundson, Steven Davis, and Barry Ford. Heruth has studied violin with Eva Szekely, Tony Brandolino, Francesca Anderegg, and Charles Gray.
As an extension of his orchestral experiences, Heruth is also a budding young conductor, and has made a number of appearances with various ensembles. Most notably, he recently conducted Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Show-Me Opera Program. Heruth has also made appearances at the Mizzou International Composers Festival conducting the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, has conducted Vox Nova as part of the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, and is the former music director and conductor for the Exit-128 Chamber Orchestra. Heruth currently studies conducting with Barry Ford.