Michael Hunter is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and composer living in Brooklyn NY. An unusually versatile musician, Michael is a professional level violinist, pianist, guitarist, bassist, drummer, singer, and advanced level cellist. He has composed string arrangements for Grammy winning producers and engineers, shared the stage with legendary musicians, and performed shows in front of thousands across the US.
Classically trained from a young age in piano and violin, he abandoned the traditional conservatory approach, and instead went to Cornell, studying composition under Pulitzer-prize winning composer Steven Stucky. He quickly shifted his interests to songwriting and playing in bands, teaching himself guitar, drums and bass. Over a period of 7 years, he played in a variety of successful bands upstate that toured up and down the east coast.
Upon moving to New York City, Michael expanded his skillset even further, adding cello and percussion (primarily cajon), and adapting his classical violin and piano expertise to more popular styles (fiddle and keys). In 2013 he successfully ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund his solo album, “A Chance to Shine”, on which he performed all the instruments (acoustic/electric guitar, violin, piano, bass, drums and vocals) and wrote all the songs and arrangements.
Qualifications aside, Michael remains an eager collaborator who prides himself on being reliable, punctual and easy to work with. Currently he spends the majority of his time either writing/recording string arrangements in his home studio or performing onstage in various bands and theater productions.