Craig Hultgren

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Craig Hultgren

Craig Hultgren (born 1955) is an cellist and composer. He was a member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra from 1982 to 2015 and directed the BSC New Music Ensemble at Birmingham-Southern College. He also performed frequently as a soloist and with numerous chamber ensembles and contemporary performing groups, including the Chagall Trio, the Luna Nova Ensemble, and Thámyris.

Hultgren graduated from the University of Iowa and Indiana University.

As an avid supporter of new and avant-garde music, Hultgren organized a Solo Cello Works Biennial, performing new compositions from around the world on cello and e-cello. Hundreds of works were composed for him to perform. He is also an improvisational musician. As president of the Birmingham Art Association he helped organized the Birmingham Improv Festival.

Hulgren is also a member of the New Directions Cello Association and a former president of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance. He has taught classes at UAB and the Alabama School of Fine Arts.

In May 2015 Hultgren left the ASO and moved to his family farm in northeast Iowa to take up the career of "farmer-cellist".


  • Simpson, Jess (February 2, 2015) "Cellist Craig Hultgren says goodbye to Birmingham with retrospective concert." The Birmingham News

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