Hunter Eberly

Hunter Eberly's Biography

A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Hunter Eberly is the Principal Trumpet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Hunter started playing the trumpet at the age of eight under the tutelage of his mother, and continued his studies in high school with Charley Lea of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Grand Valley State University, where he studied with Richard Stoelzel. While studying with Stoelzel, Hunter won prizes at multiple competitions, including first prizes in the National Trumpet Competition Undergraduate Solo Division and Trumpet Ensemble Division; second prize in the International Trumpet Guild Mock Orchestra Competition; and first prize at the GVSU International Trumpet Seminar Solo Competition. Hunter continued his education by attending The Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he studied with James Wilt and earned a Professional Studies Certificate.

Prior to his appointment in Detroit, Hunter served as Principal Trumpet of the Jacksonville Symphony. He has performed as Guest Principal Trumpet with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra (China), and has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Antalya Symphony (Turkey). Hunter lives in Detroit with his wife Kimberly, dog Daisy, and chinchilla Buddy.

Hunter is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and plays exclusively on Yamaha instruments.

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