- Natalie Hunt
- Born: 1985
Born into a musical family in 1985, Hunt spent much of her childhood attending theatre, dance, and music rehearsals. Her high school years saw increased involvement in the community, performing regularly with the Napier Operatic Society, the Hawkes Bay Jazz Club Big Band, the Hawkes Bay Youth Orchestra, the Ionian Singers and various chamber ensembles, on Saxophones, Clarinet, and Cello. In 2001 she achieved Grade 8 Piano; in 2003 she was a finalist in the Raewyn Newcombe Physiocare Hawkes Bay Young Musician of the Year, and gained ATCL in Clarinet.
Hunt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & International Relations from Victoria University, as well as a Bachelor of Music (first class Honours in Instrumental/Vocal Composition) from the New Zealand School of Music. In 2009 she was named NZSO NYO Composer in Residence and winner of the NZSO/Todd Corporation Young Composer Award. Recent compositions include a series of microscores for the New Zealand Clarinet Quartet (funded by Creative NZ), ‘Cirrus’, which was commissioned to celebrate 20 years of the Wellington Youth Sinfonietta, and ‘Compass’, which was recorded as part of the NZSO-SOUNZ-RNZC readings in 2012.Source: Natalie Hunt, September 2012