SHIRLEY HUNT brings fierce imagination and integrity to music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary eras on both the cello and viola da gamba. Praised by The Strad as “stylish and accomplished,” she embraces an eclectic musical life as a multi-instrumental soloist and collaborator.
Last season Ms. Hunt released J.S. Bach Suites & Sonatas Volume One, the first installment in an ambitious three-part series featuring Bach’s complete cello suites and viola da gamba sonatas. Early Music America called the disc “a fine debut and one with promise for future projects.” Facts & Arts noted her “soulful renditions,” “high-wire interpretations,” and “resonant, singing tone that stays in the mind.”
Ms. Hunt is a member of New York’s Sonnambula Viol Consort, Boston’s Musical Offering, Bradamante Cello Duo, and Douglas Detrick’s AnyWhen Ensemble – a chamber-jazz quintet. She also frequently performs with the nation’s leading period instrument ensembles including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Bach Collegium San Diego, and Boston Baroque.
In addition to her wide-ranging live performances, Ms. Hunt can be heard on the Parma, NCA, and Origin Classical labels as well as her own Letterbox Arts label. She has given masterclasses at CalArts, the University of Wisconsin, and Adelphi University, and has been featured as a guest speaker at Harvard University and the Boston Early Music Festival Young Artists Training Program.
Her primary studies were with Hans Jensen at Northwestern University and with Ronald Leonard at the University of Southern California. She also studied period performance with Mary Springfels and Phoebe Carrai. In 2012, Ms. Hunt was an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Hunt was born into a musical family and is the younger sister of the late mezzo- soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. After stints in Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, she now lives in Boston.