Shirley Hunt makes herself known as a masterful cross-genre interpreter and veritable Renaissance woman in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, combining the rare qualities of versatility, virtuosity, and depth.  She is dedicated to delivering vibrant, committed performances of old and new music alike, and is equally at home performing on modern and historical instruments.
Shirley maintains an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player with period-instrument ensembles, modern orchestras, and chamber ensembles of all kinds.  Recent engagements include performances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the American Bach Soloists, Voices of Music, the Berkeley Symphony, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Bach Collegium San Diego, Agave Baroque Ensemble, Archetti, Musica Pacifica, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. 
Not to be satisfied by old music alone, Shirley is a spirited advocate of new works and an avid participant in the collaborative process of performer+composer.  Shirley has worked with composers John Adams, Steve Reich, Jörg Widmann, and Walter Zimmermann, and has performed alongside cellist Joan Jeanrenaud (formerly of the Kronos Quartet).  She is also an improviser featured in the exciting chamber-jazz ensemble AnyWhen.  Shirley performs on the adapted viola with PARTCH, a Los Angeles-based ensemble that specializes in the music of microtonal maverick Harry Partch.
Shirley received her Master of Music degree from the USC Thornton School of Music in May 2008.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in 2006, and has received extensive training in chamber music, contemporary music, and baroque performance practice through programs at the Meadowmount School, the New England Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music.  Her principal teachers have included Ronald Leonard, William Skeen, Phoebe Carrai, Mary Springfels, and Hans Jensen.
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