COMPOSER, PIANIST, EDUCATOR
Eric Hunter is a composer, pianist, and educator based in New York City. Working in a wide variety of genres including classical, jazz, film, and electronic music, his compositions and performances have been acclaimed by audiences across the world. 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 "Run Little Boy" by Dominick Bedasse, which won awards in festivals such as the L.A. Under the Stars Film Festival and the Urban Film Festival 2020. He was commissioned by the NYC-based arts organization Arts on Site, and was a prizewinner in the 2012 operamission Cabaret Night songwriting competition.
As a concert pianist, Mr. Hunter has performed at top venues such as 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. He has also collaborated in chamber music settings with the violinists Philippe Graffin and Barry Shiffman, horn player Eric Ruske, baritone Peter Lightfoot, soprano Jennifer Behnke, and the Penderecki Quartet.
A lifelong educator, Mr. Hunter's private piano studio reflects his creative and innovative approach. He has been Head of Professional Development at The Piano Teachers Congress of New York, where he spearheaded the Open Forum program for teacher enrichment. As guest lecturer at the School for Visual Arts, New York University, and Columbia University, he has taught creative process and given lecture recitals on composers as varied as Liszt, Hindemith, Medtner, Shostakovich, and Cage. Formerly a co-host of "The Piano Pod," a piano-centered podcast, he interviewed industry groundbreakers across the globe. He has also been a dedicated proponent of musical outreach and therapy, working with organizations such as the Austen Riggs Center for Mental Health, VISIONS at Selis Manor, and Sacred Music New York.
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.