Craig Hultgren

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Craig Hultgren

Craig Hultgren is an American cellist and improvisor. Hultgren graduated from the University of Iowa and at Indiana University. He has taught at Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama Birmingham and the Alabama School of Fine Arts, as well as teaching privately.[1] Craig Hultgren is a cellist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra[2] and has been a member of several chamber groups such as the Chagall Trio, the Luna Nova Ensemble,[3] and the Ensemble for contemporary chamber music Thamyris.[4] He is an active performer and performs regularly as a soloist on the cello and e-cello.[5][6][7][8][9] Hultgren also made a name for himself among improvisational musicians.[10][11]

"Hultgren, who is no stranger to avant grade music, considers himself an activist for new music"[12] For more than 10 years, Craig Hultgren also organizes his Solo Cello Works Biennial presenting new works from composers around the world.[13][14][15][16] presenting the new works for the cello. "Craig Hultgren has become a magnet for composers seeking first hearings of their cello works."[17] For him, more than 100 works were composed by contemporary composers, including works for the electric cello and multi-media works by Tiffany Benton, Kari Besharse, Noah Creshevsky, J. Nickitas Demos,[18] Brian Moon, Veselin Nikolov, Philip Schuessler, Robert Scott Thompson, and Robert Voisey

He is a member of the New Directions Cello Association, past President of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance[19] and former President of the Birmingham Art Association, where he instituted the Birmingham Improv, an improvisational festival held annually for ten years.

In 2004, the Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival 48-Hour Short Film Rush cited him for the best soundtrack creation for the film The Silent Treatment.

In 2013, Craig Hultgren participated in Vox Novus's Fifteen Minutes of Fame founded by Robert Voisey[20] "Few performers could, or would, take up such a gauntlet, and he came through admirably"[21] The Fifteen Minutes of Fame set of 15 composers was subtitled Occupy Cello -- Upsetting the Musical Status Quo and cellist Craig Hultgren's performance in Alabama was praised for his "herculean effort to shift styles and sensibilities at a moment's notice"

Hultgren performed at Carnegie Hall for Dorothy Hindman's Retrospective, "played with impressive poise and sensitivity by cellist Craig Hultgren, ... using bystander video from Gray’s arrest for both spoken words and pitch sources. Rough Ride is more abstract and more powerful, the cello line shining and abrading, like fiberglass threads, the fragmented text outlining a sense of tragedy."[22]

Interviews, Articles and Reviews[edit]



  1. ^ "Documentary about Birmingham cello prodigy Malik Kofi previews Tuesday at Harbert Center (video)". 22 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Welcome to the Alabama Symphony Orchestra". Archived from the original on 2013-05-31. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  3. ^ "Luna Nova Music Ensemble".
  4. ^ "Thamyris home". Archived from the original on 2006-05-28. Retrieved 2005-11-18.
  5. ^ "Craig Hultgren to perform outdoor solo recital Wednesday". 3 September 2012.
  6. ^ "New music specialist Craig Hultgren to perform e-cello on Wednesday". 25 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Birmingham Art Music Alliance to explore time, space, punctuation". 17 January 2011.
  8. ^ "The New Arts Stage". Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  9. ^ "St. Louis Beacon". Archived from the original on 2013-07-20.
  10. ^ "Listening Room hosts improvisation festival". 11 August 2010.
  11. ^ Minderman, Dean (21 March 2007). "Craig Hultgren at Focal Point this Sunday, March 25".
  12. ^ Craig Hultgren's well-earned 15 minutes of fame unfolding at Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham By Michael Huebner, May 21, 2013
  13. ^ "Georgia State University School of Music - View Article". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  14. ^ "Cello Visions with Craig Hultgren".
  15. ^ "News Release". Archived from the original on 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  17. ^ Craig Hultgren again shows skill, dedication to new music at Meet the Composer event in Birmingham By Michael Huebner, The Birmingham News, March 28, 2010
  18. ^ Reserved, OCP, L.L.C./ArtSite Design, All Rights. "Nickitas Demos: Bio".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  19. ^ "Members | Birmingham Art Music Alliance". Retrieved 2023-01-26.
  20. ^ "Craig Hultgren's well-earned 15 minutes of fame unfolding at Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham". 21 May 2013.
  21. ^ "Cellist Craig Hultgren delivers mixed show, one minute at a time (music review) (video)". 30 May 2013.
  22. ^ "New York Classical Review".
  23. ^ "Music of the Next Moment - Innova Recordings".
  24. ^ "Electro-Acoustic Cello Book". Archived from the original on 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
  25. ^ "Electro-Acoustic Cello Book". 1 November 1999 – via Amazon.

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