Hunter Coblentz

2015 RPS Composition Prize Winner

Commission: chamber work for Cheltenham Festival 2016

Hunter Coblentz is a Canadian composer based in London, England. In 2015 he completed his Master of Music in composition at The Royal College of Music, graduating with distinction. Previous teachers have included Kenneth Hesketh, Gilbert Nouno, and Roger Bergs. In 2013 he studied orchestration and composition in Paris with Michel Merlet and Philip Lasser. In 2014 his chamber opera, Hogarth’s Bastards, was premiered by Tête à Tête Opera to critical acclaim in Britten Theatre. His cello duet, Ex Animo, recorded by Rachel Mercer, was released on an album of new music by Naxos in 2014.

In 2015 Hunter was awarded a Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and has been commissioned to compose a new work for the 2016 Cheltenham Music Festival. Hunter has also been awarded a SOCAN Foundation Young Canadian Composer Award, was a finalist in Britten Sinfonia’s Opus 2015 composition scheme, and won second prize overall at the 2015 International Antonín Dvořák Composition Competition Finals in Prague, where he was also awarded special prize for best orchestral work, and special prize for best free composition.

In September 2015 Hunter began his role as composer-in-residence at Handel House in London. He is currently writing a new work for the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of their Young Composers Programme.

(October 2015)

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