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, and as a soloist 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.
An experienced chamber musician, Mr. Hunter has collaborated with the 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 included 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.
Mr. Hunter is also an established composer and orchestrator, and works in a wide variety of genres including classical, jazz, film, and electronic music. 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. In 2019 his score for the animated short "Pin and Pon" went viral, with 400,000 views in its first month on YouTube. He also scored the multi-award-winning short "Run Little Boy," by Dominick Bedasse. Currently he continues to study composition with his mentor Edgar David Grana, while collaborating with him on the arrangement and orchestration of Grana's fourth symphony.
A lifelong educator, Mr. Hunter is the founder of Midtown Music NYC, a piano studio that reflects his creative, multi-genre approach. He is Head of Professional Development at The Piano Teachers Congress of 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. His latest project is "The Piano Pod," a piano-centric podcast he co-hosts with Yukimi Song and Clara Zhang.
Mr. Hunter's 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.