Clarinetist Albert Hunt is a critically acclaimed performer and teacher now living in McLean, Virginia. Dr. Hunt performs in chamber music and solo concerts throughout the United States, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Following his performance of Carl Maria von Weber’s Concerto in F Minor with the Ecuador Philharmonic, Diario Hoy stated, “Albert Hunt demonstrated refined phrasing and much versatility….his fingers ran across the instrument as if it were an extension of his body.” Dr. Hunt has also performed in the clarinet sections of the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Richmond Symphony. An aficionado of new music, he has premiered many works, including several composed for him. Critics describe his performances as“masterful” and “poetic”. He has been invited to present a recital at the 2014 International Clarinet Association Festival in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Albert Hunt earned the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The Juilliard School , where he was a scholarship student of David Weber and Vincent J. Abato. Prior to his work at Juilliard, he earned a Master of Music Degree at the Manhattan School Music under the guidance of Joe Allard. He pursued advanced studies in conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory with Priscilla Smith and Robert Ponto.
A dedicated and highly regarded teacher, Dr. Hunt is committed to bringing music to the next generation. In addition to presenting masterclasses at universities in the US, Korea and Germany, he is a popular coach with several youth orchestras and public school bands. Students from his studio have placed in the finals of national and international competitions and won numerous state-wide competitions. Several of his students have been in both the NAfME * All-Eastern and All-National Bands. For nine of the past ten years, a student from his studio has been principal clarinet of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra (MCYO) and the Maryland All State Orchestra or Band. His students have been accepted to major conservatories and universities. Two chamber ensembles coached by Dr. Hunt reached the quarter-final round of the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Dr. Hunt also serves as International Coordinator of Ecuador’s Sinfonía por la Vida, an organization dedicated to social inclusion through music. In this position, he presents masterclasses in Ecuador and collaborates with Ecuadorian teachers to enhance their professional skills. Dr. Hunt developed a relationship between The Juilliard School and Sinfonía por la Vida resulting in several residencies of Juilliard faculty and students in Ecuador and visits of Ecuadorian teachers to Juilliard. Albert Hunt has been Music Department Chair of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and served on the faculties of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the University of West Florida. His articles on reed making, clarinet performance and teaching have been published in The Instrumentalist, Music Educators Journal andThe Clarinet. His book, The Bass Clarinet Index, was recently selected for inclusion in the International Bass Clarinet Research Center’s web site.
For his work as a performer, educator and philanthropist, Albert Hunt was named a Distinguished Member and National Arts Associate of the International Music Fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota.
- NAfMe is the National Association for Music Education, formerly MENC