Hunter Harris, Violin/Viola
Hunter Harris is a violist/violinist who specialises in early & contemporary music. His music experience began at an early age with piano lessons. Attaining a BM from the University of South Carolina in music education, he gained teaching experience through the University of South Carolina String Project, and student teaching. In graduate school at the California Institute of the Arts, through the Community Arts Partnership, Hunter gained valuable teaching experience to better serve the music community. His experience as a violist/violinist has allowed him to collaborate and perform with notable musicians such as: Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Lorenz Gamma, Malcolm Goldstein, Susan Allen, Tisha Mabee, Allan Vogel, Mark Menzies, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz. An advocate for early music, he has immersed himself into the world of historical performance practice by studying baroque violin and viola with notable baroque violinist, Susan Feldman. Not limited to early music, he also advocates for works by modern and contemporary composers, including Tigran Mansurian, Luciano Berio, György Kurtág, Eitan Steinberg, Betty Olivero, Toshio Hosokawa, and Mauricio Kagel. In 2013, he recorded at Capitol Records, in Hollywood, for the California Institute of the Arts Jazz CD, produced by David Roitstein. Also in 2013, he performed with Mexican avant-garde theater company Teatros de Ciertos Habitantes, at Radar L.A. 2013, an international festival of contemporary theater. In 2014, he completed his MFA in viola performance at California Institute of the Arts. His teachers have included: Constance Gee, Mark Menzies, Susan Feldman, and Alexandra Opsahl. Most recently, he was invited to perform an all French baroque programme with local early music group, Black Rose Ensemble; Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero with Chamber Opera of USC; an all English programme with Los Angeles Baroque; and in December, Handel’s Messiah with the San Juan Capistrano Mission Basilica Choir. He is currently working on projects with Los Angeles Baroque, Black Rose Early Music Ensemble, and Concerto NoHo.