Tenor, Composer, MCNY Executive Director, 2018-present
MCNY President 2008-2010, 2011-2018,
Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards Jury 2008-2010, 2011-present
From 1981-1991, Brian Hunter performed the great liturgical and secular polyphonic repertoire with the Welch Chorale of St. Philip Neri Church in the Bronx. During that time, he completed a Bachelors of Arts (music), a Masters of Teaching in Music (violin), and a second Bachelors in Computer Science at Lehman College in the Bronx. He received the Charles W. Hughs Scholarship with his bachelors and the Emile Anders Choir Award with his bachelors and again with masters.
In 1992, he moved to Manhattan and studied with the impresario Joseph H. Conlin and the French Canadian soprano Jeannine Morand, a student of Bernardo De Muro, whose technique was in the bel canto tradition. He learned and performed numerous major roles from Tony Amato at Amato Opera, and worked with Anton Guadagno at the Palm Beach Opera. He also worked with tenor Sir John van Kesteran, and Broadway coaches Fred Silver and Stanley Sonntag. With them, he built an extensive repertoire spanning opera, Irish, classical, pop, Broadway and folk music. In addition to his native English, he has studied French, German, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.
In addition to performing, Brian worked with Joseph Conlin as a musical impresario and in travel management, presenting hundreds of concerts and scores of cruise music programs, as well as working for both the Palm Beach Invitational and the Cincinnati World Piano Competitions. During this time, he hired and shared billing with many stars of the operatic and concert world, including Oxana Arkaeva, Rebecca Copley, Victoria Livengood, Boris Martinovich, Sherill Milnes, Roberta Peters, and Michael Svetlev. Since Mr. Conlin's passing in 2007, Brian has continued his impresario work, especially through the Musicians Club of New York.
Brian became the president of the Musicians Club of New York for the 2008-09 season and remained through 2009-10. After a stint as Concert & Artists Director for Steinway & Sons, he returned as president from 2012-13 through 2017-18. During those years, he increased funding to replace the Club's depleting endowment through a fall membership drive and the Joseph H. Conlin Benefit Gala in May. He organized the free concert series to include the Dorothy Indenbaum Member-Composers concert, the Serge & Olga Koussevitzky Young Artist Awards Finals, in addition to the prize winners from the previous year. Since 2014-15, the concert series has also included a co-production with the Edvard Grieg Society. In 2018-19, he became the Club's first executive director.
Declaration of Dependence - Suite Jesus: I. Rest, II. Give, III. Put, IV. Lo echsar; music and lyrics by Brian Hunter; Brian Hunter, tenor; Yue Chu, piano
The Musicians Club of New York Dorothy Indenbaum Composers Concert, March 18, 2018,, Victor Borge Hall, Scandinavia House, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.
Declaration of Dependence - Marriage: I. The Same Great Love Song, II. The Wedding Song, III. I Depend on You, IV. In Good Times or Bad, music and lyrics by Brian Hunter; Brian Hunter, tenor; Bonnie McAlvin, flute; Andrey Tchekmazov, cello; Richard Dowling, piano.
Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 21, 2015, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City.
Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.
Scene from "Song O' My Heart" (Fairy Story by the Fire, Mighty 'lak a Rose) Brian Hunter, tenor, Jeremy Weissman, piano.
Musicians Club of New York Presents Brian Hunter and Jeremy Weissman, Saturday, March 18, 2012, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.
Berceuse (Lullaby) from Jocelyn by Benjamin Godard, Brian Hunter, tenor, Yuri Vodovoz, violin, Richard Dowling, piano.
Musicians Club of New York's First Annual Joseph H. Conlin Benefit Gala, May 7, 2009, Steinway Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.
"Love-Songs, At Once Tender and Informative", poems of Samuel Hoffenstein, music by Alexander Dmitriev; Brian Hunter, tenor, William McNally, piano
Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, March 12, 2016, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.
“Ode to the City of Cologne”, music by Leonard J. Lehrman; text by Samuel Tyler Coleridge, Brian Hunter, tenor; Leonard J. Lehrman, piano.
Musicians Club of New York Member/Composers Concert, Saturday, April 4, 2014, Liederkranz Concert Hall, New York City. Video by Paula and Chris Argondizza.
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