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Craig Hultgren

Decorah, IA      

For several decades, cellist Craig Hultgren has been a fixture on the scenes for new music, the newly creative arts, and the avant-garde. Recently leaving Birmingham after more than 30 years as a member of the Alabama Symphony, he now resides outside of Decorah, Iowa as the farmer-cellist. The New York Classical Review commented that he, “…played with impressive poise and sensitivity…” for Dorothy Hindman’s recent chamber music retrospective at Carnegie Hall. At this point, more than 200 works have been created for him. A recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, he was a member for many years of Thámyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta. He is a founding member of Luna Nova, a new music ensemble with a large repertoire of performances available as podcast downloads on iTunes. Hultgren is featured in three solo CD recordings including The Electro-Acoustic Cello Book on Living Artist Recordings. For ten years, he produced the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition that highlighted the best new compositions for the instrument. He taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Birmingham-Southern College where he directed the BSC New Music Ensemble. He is a founding member and former President of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance and was on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Birmingham and their Scrollworks program. Currently, he is Vice President of the Oneota Valley Community Orchestra Board of Directors in Decorah.

Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Craig Hultgren, Occupy Cello

Composer’s Voice presents the World Premiere of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Craig Hultgren, Occupy Cello, May 19, 2013 at the Jan Hus Church in New York City.

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Elliott Carter – Enchanted Preludes

Elliott Carter’s Enchanted Preludes performed by Luna Nova (www.lunanova.org) members John McMurtery, flute, and Craig Hultgren, cello, at Birmingham Southern College in August, 2006

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Quartet Improv

Thollem McDonas, Davey Williams, Craig Hultgren and Andrew Dewar “PLAY” (!) in Birmingham, AL

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