Shirley HuntPraised for her imaginative and inspired performances, Boston-based cellist and viola da gamba player Shirley Hunt has performed extensively with the nation’s leading period instrument ensembles, including Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Bach Collegium San Diego, Music of the Baroque, and Portland Baroque Orchestra. She has also performed with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, San Francisco Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, and the Corona del Mar Baroque Festival.

A native of Portland, Oregon, Ms. Hunt holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Southern California, where her principal teachers were Hans Jensen, Ronald Leonard, and Mary Springfels. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, has served as a Visiting Teaching Artist at California Institute of the Arts, and has given master classes at Cornish College of the Arts, Willamette University, and the Oakwood Academy of Creative Education. She can be heard on the NCA, Parma, and Origin Classical labels as well as on numerous pop/rock albums and feature film soundtracks.

Ms. Hunt’s debut album, J.S. Bach Suites & Sonatas Volume One, was released earlier this year on the independent label Letterbox Arts. This album is the first installment in an ambitious three-part series featuring J.S. Bach’s complete cello suites and viola da gamba sonatas performed side-by-side on period instruments.

This performance marks Shirley Hunt’s La Jolla Music Society debut.

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