COMPOSER, PIANIST, EDUCATOR
Eric Hunter is a multi-genre pianist, composer, and educator based in New York City. He has performed across the United States and Canada at venues including Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall, as a soloist in concertos with the Greenwich, University of Rochester, and University of Southern California Symphony Orchestras. Competition honors include top prizes in the MTNA, MTAC, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra in Denver, University of Rochester and Southern California Symphony Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Liszt Competition. In 2008 he played an all-Liszt recital at the home of the renowned Golden-era pianist Earl Wild at his invitation.
Mr. Hunter is an experienced chamber musician and has collaborated with artists including violinists Philippe Graffin and Barry Shiffman, horn player Eric Ruske, baritone Peter Lightfoot, soprano Jennifer Behnke, and the Penderecki Quartet. He served as staff accompanist at the Banff Centre for the Arts from 2007-2008. Outreach initiatives have including working as a music therapy consultant at the Austen Riggs Center for Mental Health in Stockbridge, MA., guest performances at VISIONS at Selis Manor, and volunteer work as a performer and consultant with Sacred Music New York, an organization dedicated to fostering social change through music.
In recent years Mr. Hunter has turned his attention to composition, where he was a prizewinner in the 2012 operamission Cabaret Night songwriting competition. The following year he composed the music for the multimedia piece Connection commissioned by Arts on Site. Currently he studies composition with his mentor Edgar David Grana, and has collaborated with him on the arrangement and orchestration of his opera, Tashi Tibet, and his fourth symphony. Mr. Hunter regularly scores student animation theses at the School for Visual Arts, which may be seen on his Vimeo page. His style spans multiple genres and includes both conventional acoustic instruments and modern electronics.
In addition to his performing and compositional credentials, Mr. Hunter is a dedicated teacher and the founder of Midtown Music NYC, a piano studio that reflects his creative, multi-genre approach. He is also Head of Professional Development at Piano Teachers Congress NYC, where he has spearheaded the Open Forum program for teacher enrichment. He has given lecture recitals on the works of Liszt, Hindemith, Medtner, and Shostakovich, and guest lectured at the School for Visual Arts, New York University, and Columbia University.
Mr. Hunter's extensive education includes a B.A. in Music from the University of Rochester, where he was awarded the Ward Woodbury prize for outstanding achievement and leadership, and an M.M. and Graduate Certificate in piano performance from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Bernadene Blaha and Kevin Fitz-Gerald. Following a series of artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, he completed a Master of Education degree at Teachers College at Columbia University, and studies at Dubspot in electronic music and music production under the guidance of MING. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two sons.