Hanne Deneire, born in Hasselt on 23 June 1980, studied composition with Wim Henderickx and Luc Van Hove from 1998 to 2003 at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp, where she also studied bass clarinet and piano. While still a student she won a number of prizes. Mitä, her first orchestral work, was awarded a prize in the 1999 Aquarius Composition Competition. This work was premiered by the Beethoven Academie, conducted by Jan Caeyers. In 2000 she received a bursary from the Antwerp Conservatory Society.
Deneire already boasts a number of works commissioned by such well-known ensembles as Oxalys, Hermes, Syrinx, the Leuven Alumni Orchestra and the Flemish Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
She also remains active as a performing musician, including appearances as bass clarinettist together with Eric Raevens (dance) and Eric van Thillo (text) in Jot, a young person’s performance that has appeared in numerous Flemish theatres.
Besides her musical activities, Hanne Deneire shows a strong interest in using art to work with children with special needs. For her work with gifted children she received the 2003 “Cultuur bindt jeugd” (Culture unites youth) Prize from the King Boudewijn Society, an award for artists’ socio-cultural engagement. In 2005 she also earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Another of the composer’s passions is dance. In 2001 she undertook studies in choreography at the Higher Institute for Dance in Lier, which resulted in February 2002 in a first choreography, Samree. In addition, she has collaborated with Hush Hush Hush Company and CC Berchem, for the dance project, Bobo in Paradise (2001-2002).