A composer, born in Białystok on March 18th, 1961.
Kulenty studied composition, first in the class of Włodzimierz Kotoński's at the Warsaw Academy of Music in 1980-86, and then, in 1986-88, with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Hague. She also took part in International Trainings for Young Composers, organised by the Polish Society of Contemporary Music (the Polish section of ISCM/SIMC), and in the Vacation School of New Music in Darmstadt. In 1990-91 Kulenty stayed in Berlin as a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst grant holder.
Kulenty has been composing since 1989, receiving - as an independent composer - numerous commissions and grants, and teaching at composing courses at Apeldoorn (1995), Radziejowice and Munich (1996), Amsterdam (1997) and California (1998). Since 1999 she has been a "composer-in-residence" in Holland.
Kulenty's compositions earned her a number of awards, including the 2nd prize at the 1985 European Contest of Young Composers in Amsterdam for Ad unum for orchestra (1985); the 2nd prize at the 1987 Young Composers' Competition of the Polish Composers' Association for Ride for 6 percussionists (1987), and, the same year, the Stanisław Wyspiański Young Artists' Award. Kulenty is also a four-time laureate of the Composing Competition of the Warsaw Division of the Polish Composers' Association, winning the 1st prize for her 1986 Quinto for two pianos in 1986, the 1st prize for the 1987 Breathe for string orchestra the following year, the 3rd prize for her 1988 Cannon for violin and piano in 1988 and, the following year, the 2nd prize for Aaa Tre for viola, cello and double bass from 1988. In 1999 Kulenty was named the Composer of the Year at Gelderland, and in November 2000 the Deutschlandfunk radio in Cologne organised a concert of her compositions. The concert was recorded on CD.
Since 1992 Hanna Kulenty has divided her time between Warsaw and Arnhem, Holland.
Source: Polish Music Information Center, Polish Composers' Union, June 2002.
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