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Kendall, Hannah

Hannah Kendall, born in London in 1984, has recently completed her Doctorate at Columbia University with Georg Friedrich Haas and George E. Lewis. She majored in vocal studies and composition at the University of Exeter and gained a master’s at the Royal College of Music. Kendall was the recipient of the 2022 Hindemith Prize, and in 2023, she was honored with the Best Large Ensemble Composition Ivor Novello Award for shouting forever into the receiver commissioned by Südwestrundfunk for Ensemble Modern. Known for her attentive arrangements and immersive world-building, Hannah Kendall’s music looks beyond the boundaries of composition: “Conjuring evocative imagery within dramatic constructs form the main components of my compositional style. I sometimes draw on aspects of my African-Caribbean-European heritage; finding ways to garner a deeper understanding of how musical engagement through cultural discovery might influence my music’s aesthetics.”

Upcoming world premieres include: He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing for the Festival Orchestra of Lincoln Center and Musikkollegium Winterthur in summer/autumn 2024, a new work for Scottish Ensemble and Staatsorchester Stuttgart in winter/spring 2024/25, and a London Symphony Orchestra commission for spring 2026. A debut portrait album is due for release on NMC Recordings in 2025 .

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