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Hanna Kulenty,

composer, born on 18th March 1961 in Białystok. In 1980-86 she studied composition with Włodzimierz Kotoński at the Music Academy in Warsaw, then in 1986-88 - composition with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatoire of Music and Dance in the Hague. She also participated in International Courses for Young Composers organised by the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM/SIMC), Polish Section, as well as the Summer Courses of New Music in Darmstadt. In 1990-91 she worked in Berlin as a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst scholarship holder. Since 1989, she has dedicated herself primarily to composition. She is a freelance composer, a recipient of numerous commissions and scholarships. She has taught at numerous courses of composition, e.g. in Apeldoorn (1995), Radziejowice and Munich (1996), Amsterdam (1997) and California (1998). Since 1999 she has been composer-in-residence in the Netherlands.
She has received numerous prizes for her compositions, including: in 1985 – 2nd prize in the European Competition for Young Composers in Amsterdam for Ad Unum for orchestra (1985), in 1987 – 2nd prize in the Young Composers' Competition of the Polish Composers' Union for a piece entitled Ride for 6 percussionists (1987) and - in the same year - the Stanisław Wyspiański Prize for Young Artists. She has also won four prizes in the Competition for Composers organised by the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union: in 1986 she received 1st prize for Quinto for two pianos (1986), in 1987 – 1st prize for Breathe for string orchestra (1987), in 1988 – 3rd prize for Cannon for violin and piano (1988), and in 1989 – 2nd prize for aaa TRE for viola, cello and double bass (1988). In 1999, she was elected Composer of the Year in Gelderland. In November 2000, the Deutschlandfunk Radio in Cologne organised a composer concert dedicated exclusively to Kulenty’s works, and recorded on CD. In 2003, during the International Rostrum of Composers organised annually by the UNESCO International Music Council, her Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra was the „selected work” with the greatest number of points. The composition was presented in its world premiere performance by the Dutch soloist Marco Blauuw and the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio under the baton of the Belgian conductor Ronald Zollman.


Three Minutes for double bass (1983)

String Quartet No. 1

Underwater Music for orchestra (1984)
Supplication for Sunlight for tape (1984)
Parable of the Grain, a monodrama for alto, flute, violin, double-bass, percussion and tape (1985)
Still Life with the Violin for violin * (1985)
Ad Unum for orchestra * (1985)
Sesto for solo piano * (1985)
Quatro for chamber orchestra (1986)
Symphony No. 1 * (1986)
Quinto for two pianos (1986)
Arci for percussion * (1986)
Ride for 6 percussionists (1987)
Breathe for string orchestra * (1987)
Symphony No. 2 for mixed choir and orchestra * (1987)
One by One for solo marimba * (1988)
Arcus for 3 percussionists * (1988)
Cannon for violin and piano * (1988)
aaa Tre for viola, cello and double bass (1988)
Perpetuus for chamber orchestra * (1989)
Trigon for chamber orchestra * (1989)
String Quartet No. 2 * (1990)
Piano Concerto No. 1 for piano and chamber orchestra * (1990)
Piano Concerto No. 2 for 2 pianos and orchestra * (1991)
Air for chamber orchestra (1991)
E for E for harpsichord (1991)
Violin Concerto No. 1 [version I] for violin and chamber orchestra (1992)
Passacaglia for chamber orchestra * (1992)
Still Life with a Cello for cello * (1993)
Violin Concerto No. 1 [version II] for violin with delay and orchestra * (1993)
Sinequan for cello * (1993)
A Cradle Song for violin, cello and piano * (1993)
A Fifth Circle for alto flute and delay * (1994)
A Fourth Circle for violin (or viola, or cello) and piano * (1994)
Sinequan forte B for cello (amplified + delay) and chamber orchestra (1994)
Sinequan forte A for cello (amplified + delay) and symphony orchestra * (1994)
Lysanxia for gamelan ensemble and tape * (1994)
The Mother of Black-Winged Dreams, opera * (1995)
Going Up 2 for chamber orchestra (1995)
Going Up 1 for violin and double bass (1995)
A Sixth Circle for trumpet and piano * (1995)
Violin Concerto No. 2 for violin and symphony orchestra * (1996)
Sierra for violin and cello * (1996)
A Third Circle for piano solo (1996)
Blattinus for saxophone quartet (1996)
Certus for orchestra (1997)
Waiting for... for piano solo and human voice (1997)
Elfen, ballet music for chamber orchestra * (1997)
Stretto for flute, clarinet, cello and guitar * (1998)
Rapidus for saxophone quartet (1998)
Symphony No. 3 (1998-2000)
Harmonium for harmonium solo (1999)
MM-blues for two pianos and two percussions (1999)
Drive Blues for piano * (2000)
Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra (2001)
Asjaawaa for mezzo-soprano, flute, harp, piano and electronics (2001)
Crossing lines for violin, clarinet and piano * (2001)
Concerto for Trumpet and Symphony Orchestra (2002)
Decimo Forte for choir and ensemble (2010)
Music for Roy for mixed choir and chamber orchestra (2010)
Twenty-five for symphony orchestra (2010)
E-motions for accordion, string orchestra and percussion (2011)
Cembalo Uno for harpsichord solo (2012)
Emotionsolo for accordion solo (2013)
Viola-Viva for viola and chamber orchestra (2013)
Smokey Eyes for double trio (two pianos, saxophone, flute, and two drumkits) (2013)
String Quartet No. 6 (2014)
Trumpet Concerto No. 3 for trumpet solo and symphony orchestra (2014)
VAN... for piano quatre mains or two pianos (2014)
Viola Concerto No. 1 for viola and symphony orchestra (2015)
Saxophone Concerto No. 1 for saxophone and symphony orchestra (2015)

literatura wybrana

Life inspires me. An Interview with Hanna Kulenty [Inspiruje mnie życie. Wywiad z Hanną Kulenty], „Kwarta” 2000 nr 6, s. 7-8
Chłopecki Andrzej Kulenty Hanna In: Encyklopedia Muzyczna PWM [PWM Music Encyclopaedia] (biographical part, ed. by Elżbieta Dziębowska), PWM, Kraków 1997