Dr Kevin Hunt

Lecturer in Piano (Jazz)

A regular on the Sydney jazz scene, Kevin Hunt’s first jazz teachers were Chuck Yates, John Speight and David Levy. In 1981 he studied jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Don Burrows, Judy Bailey, Paul MacNamara, Roger Frampton, George Golla, Miroslav Bukovsky and Dick Montz.

Since the mid 1980s, Kevin has led his own jazz ensembles, specializing in performances of his own compositions as well as classical composers JS Bach, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Leonard Bernstein. With Lawrie Thompson on drums and Gary Holgate on bass, Kevin led the successful JS Bach Trio, winning ABC FM’s Listeners Choice Award in 1998 for their recording Kevin Hunt Plays JS Bach.

Kevin’s composition and performance experience was enriched by regular work with the Kinetic [...]

A regular on the Sydney jazz scene, Kevin Hunt’s first jazz teachers were Chuck Yates, John Speight and David Levy. In 1981 he studied jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Don Burrows, Judy Bailey, Paul MacNamara, Roger Frampton, George Golla, Miroslav Bukovsky and Dick Montz.

Since the mid 1980s, Kevin has led his own jazz ensembles, specializing in performances of his own compositions as well as classical composers JS Bach, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, and Leonard Bernstein. With Lawrie Thompson on drums and Gary Holgate on bass, Kevin led the successful JS Bach Trio, winning ABC FM’s Listeners Choice Award in 1998 for their recording Kevin Hunt Plays JS Bach.

Kevin’s composition and performance experience was enriched by regular work with the Kinetic Energy Theatre Company, and as a mature-age student, Kevin studied composition at the Sydney Conservatorium with Martin Wesley Smith, Greg Schirmer, Gillian Whitehead, and Trevor Pearce. In 1993 he also studied with Josef Zawinul in Vienna.

Kevin has recorded jazz CDs with Don Burrows, Marie Wilson, James Morrison, Simon Tedeschi, TIm Hopkins, Adrian Mears, Janet Seidel, Steve Hunter, David Jones, Col Loughnan, Sandie White, Trevor Griffin and Debra Decembre.

In 1992 Kevin, Steve Hunter and David Jones formed the modern jazz trio ‘Tree’. Tree produced 2 CDs, Tree and Love & Logic. This was a popular group in the 90s, and there are plans for reunion performances.
With a scholarship from the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, Kevin studied piano and composition in New York City in 2001. He completed a Master of Music in Jazz Performance in 2004 under the supervision of Bill Motzing and Phil Slater with piano tuition from Stephanie McCallum. Currently, he performs with the Kevin Hunt Trio, Simon Tedeschi, Emma Pask and Marie Wilson.

In 2010, Kevin created a new jazz trio with Dave Goodman on drums and Karl Dunnicliff on bass. This trio has recorded and performed extensively for Kevin’s PhD research in comparing jazz capabilities of the Australian-made Stuart & Sons piano sound with other pianos. Much of this new music is based on ancient Aboriginal chants of the Sydney region, and is currently being recorded for a CD entitled Ancient & New.

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Areas of Study

Jazz

Location

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music