Professor Una Hunt

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Professor Una Hunt joined the staff of DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama as a vocal repetiteur in 2015. In addition to her work within the Vocal and Drama department, she also teaches piano and leads performance research projects. Una is a former Adjunct Professor of Music at University College Dublin; she holds a PhD in Performance from NUI Maynooth and was awarded a Doctorate of Music (honoris causa) by Queens University Belfast

As one of Ireland’s leading pianists, Una has performed concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. She has toured in Britain, Ireland, Russia and the USA as a soloist, chamber musician and a vocal collaborator and performed in some of the world’s most celebrated concert venues. As well as giving regular performances with her violinist sister, Fionnuala, Una has appeared in concert and on television with several of the great performers of our time, including flautist James Galway and violist Bruno Giuranna. She has given lectures and master classes at home and abroad and was a visiting professor to Hood College, Maryland, USA. In 2017, Una will lecture on Irish music at the Princess Grace Library in Monaco.

Una is extremely active in performance-led research into the music of Ireland and has published widely on the subject. Her book, Sources and Style in Moore’s Irish Melodies, is due for publication by Ashgate Routledge early in 2017. She recently curated and performed an historic series of concerts for Wexford Festival Opera entitled Irish Heritage at Wexford and is presently planning a spring series for 2017 – Recollections of Ireland – at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Una has also recorded an unrivalled discography of 14 world-premiere recordings devoted to music of Irish interest. These include the first complete archive of Moore’s Irish Melodies and little-known works by composers such as George A. Osborne, William V. Wallace, E.J. Moeran, Hamilton Harty, Charles V. Stanford, T.C. Kelly, Havelock Nelson, Howard Ferguson, Michele Esposito, Arthur O’Leary, P.K. Moran, Philip Cogan, Thomas A. Geary, Francis Panormo, Fanny Robinson and John Field. The vocal department’s distinguished artist-in-residence, Patricia Bardon, performs on Una’s CD of Joan Trimble’s music for the Naxos - Marco Polo label.

As music consultant to the National Library of Ireland, Una spearheaded the establishment of the National Archive of Irish Composers, the first digital online collection of historic Irish music – She also project-managed and performed several groundbreaking programmes for the National Library including a performance of Michael William Balfe’s chamber opera, The Sleeping Queen – a collaborative production with Opera Theatre Company. Una is an experienced and active broadcaster and producer and has completed numerous documentaries on significant musical figures for RTÉ and the BBC. Her most recent production, John Beckett: the Man and his Music, was broadcast in 2016 by RTÉ Lyric fm.