Hans Kox was born in Arnhem on May 19, 1930 Hans Kox, whose father was a choral conductor and organist, studied piano with Jaap Spaanderman from 1948 to 1951 and composition with Henk Badings from 1951 to 1955 in Amsterdam.
From 1957 to 1970 he was director of the music school in Doetinchem, from 1970 to 1974 musical advisor of the Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest (Haarlem) and from 1974 to 1984 he taught composition at the Conservatory of Music in Utrecht.
Hans Kox received numerous commissions from, among others, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Buma Cultural Fund, the Dutch government; from Germany, Belgium, Venezuela and the United States. For the Scheveningen International Music Competition 1987 Kox wrote the compulsory work, Le Songe du Vergier, for violoncello and orchestra. In commemoration of the Dutch Liberation's 40th anniversary Kox composed the Anne Frank Cantata (a Child of Light) premiered on May 4th, 1985. This piece is a part of the War Trilogy together with In those Days (1969) and Requiem for Europe (1971). The oratorio Sjoah, for soloists, choir and orchestra was written in 1989. He also wrote the opera's Dorian Gray and Das gruene Gesicht, the cantata Credo quia absurdum, three symphonies and violin concertos. In March 2003 the opera Rochester's second bottle was performed in Birmingham. The 4th Violin Concerto was written for the British violinist Daniel Hope and the Rotterdam Chamber orchestra (premiere May 2005). Publications On the occasion of his 75th birthday a biography, written by Bas van Putten was published in May 2005. Hans Kox was awarded various prizes: in 1954 for Preludium and Fugue at the Haarlem International Organ Competition, in 1956 the Cultural Prize of the City of Arnhemand the Music Prize of the City of Amsterdam, in 1959 the Visser-Neerlandia Prize for Symfonie no. 1, in 1970 the Prix Italia for In Those Days, and in 1974 the first prize of the Rostrum of Composers for L'Allegria.