Hanna Kulenty

Hanna Kulenty writes for solo instruments, chamber groups, large orchestras, opera, television plays and film music. Her compositions have premiered at festivals around the world, such as Huddersfield Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Munich Biennale, Warsaw Autumn, Musica Polonica Nova and the Dutch Music Days. Her numerous orchestral works have been performed by symphony orchestras in the Netherlands, Denmark, Poland and Germany, with conductors such as David Porcelijn, Antoni Wit, Peter Hirsch, Peter Eötvös, Ingo Metzmacher, Renato Rivolta and Ronald Zollman. Soloists such as Isabelle van Keulen, Elźbieta Chojnacka, Krzystof Bąkowski, Marco Blaauw and Frank Peters performed her work, as did the Dutch ensemble ‘de ereprijs’, which commissioned her to write a piece several times. She recently received a commission from the Kronos Quartet, for whom she wrote her 4th and 5th string quartets.

Kulenty’s compositions are published by the Dutch publisher Donemus.

In 2003, her composition Trumpet Concerto (2002) won first prize at UNESCO’s 50th International Rostrum of Composers, for which she received the UNESCO Mozart Medal from the International Music Council.
Her compositions Preludium, Postludium and Psalm, for cello and accordion (2007) and String Quartet No. 3 – Tel me about it (2008), were chosen respectively from the ten best Dutch compositions of 2007 and 2008 during the Toonzetters competition in Amsterdam.