updated 15 March 2021
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Hanna Hartman

Swedish composer and sound artist born in 1961 in Uppsala.

Hanna Hartman was born in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1961. She studied literature and theatre history at the Universities of Uppsala and Stockholm, from 1982 to 1988. She also studied interactive media at Dramatiska Institutet (the national college of film, theatre, radio and interactive media), as well as electronic music at EMS Stockholm from 1989 to 1991.

In parallel to her stage performances, Hartman builds sound sculptures, creates radio plays for Swedish, Danish, and German radio, and composes for instrumentalists.

From 2008 to 2009, Hartman was a composer in residence for Swedish Radio. In 2010, she received a fellowship to study at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles. That same year, the French Centre National des Arts Plastiques commissioned an interactive sound installation for the Musée Réattu in Arles, titled Acoustic Catacombs, a sound-emitting floor whose sound material had been gathered in Arles.

For thirty years, Hanna Hartman has been recording sounds all over the world, and collecting different objects to include in her compositions, and which she builds into her stage performances. Hartman seeks to reveal the hidden facets of sounds by removing them from their original context and associating them with seemingly unrelated sound matter. In so doing, her goal is to give life to new relationships among very different sound objects.

Her compositions have been performed by ensembles specialized in unconventional musical aesthetics, such as Faint Noise, Distractfold, We Spoke, Curious Chamber Players, and Mimitabu.

Her work has featured in the programs of many festivals, including Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (2006), Darmstädter Ferienkurse (2012, 2014), ECLAT in Stuttgart (2017), Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival (2012, 2014), El Nicho Aural in Mexico (2014), Akousma in Montréal (2014), and Cut & Splice in Manchester (2017), as well as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018). She was a composer in residence at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2019.

Hanna Hartman lives in Berlin. She has been a member of its Arts Academy since 2017.

Awards and Honors

  • Prix Europa (1998)
  • Karl-Sczuka-Preis (2005)
  • Phonurgia Nova Prize (2006, 2016)
  • Rosenbergpriset (2011)

© Ircam-Centre Pompidou, 2020


Site personnel de la compositrice ; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival ; Ars Musica.

Liens internet

(lien vérifié en mars 2021).


  • Hanna HARTMAN, Black Bat ; Crush ; Fracture, dans « Gattet », 1 Cd Firework Edition Records, 2019, FER1127.
  • Hanna HARTMAN, Apricots, dans « Trio Transmitter - Camera Obscura », avec des œuvres de Florian Bergmann, Markus Wettstein, Nuria Núñez Hierro, Benedikt Bindewald, 1 Cd Neos, 2016, Neos 11617.
  • Hanna HARTMAN, Measures of Control, dans « Inventionen VII: 30 Jahre Inventionen 1982-2012 », avec des œuvres de Iannis XENAKIS, Trevor WISHART, Hans TUTSCHKU, Francis DHOMONT, Gilles GOBEIL, Daniel TERRUGI, Scott WILSON, Jonti HARRISON, Kees TAZELAAR, 2 Cd + DVD Edition RZ, 2012, RZ 3006-8.
  • Hanna HARTMAN, Message from the Lighthouse ; Nightlock ; Circling Blue ; Borderlines ; Shanghai Fireflies, dans « H^2 », 1 Cd Komplott, 2011, escudre16.
  • Hanna HARTMAN, Att Fälla Grova Träd Är Förknippat Med Risker ; Wespen Vesper ; Plåtmås ; Musik För Dansstycket Jag Glömmer Bort, dans « Ailanthus », 1 Cd Komplott, 2007, escudre09.
  • Hanna HARTMAN, Longitude 013°26’ ; Cratere, dans « Longitude / Cratere », 1 Cd Komplott, 2005, escudre06.
  • Hanna HARTMAN, Färjesånger ; Cikoria ; Die Schrauben, Die Die Welt Zusammenhalten, dans « Hanna Hartman », 1 Cd Elektron, 2002, EM 1005.
  • Hanna HARTMAN, Are you going up these hills?, dans « Sound Box 1.0 », avec des œuvres de Warren BURT, Jon APPLETON, Elsa JUSTEL, 1 Cd + Cd-Rom Kiasma, 1998.