Dr. Patrick Hunt has been at Stanford since 1992, mostly teaching in various humanities courses. He has been composing Classical music since age 18 and has been a full writer member of ASCAP since 1980 with his first choral publication. Since 1996, ASCAP has awarded him ten separate concert division recognitions for music composed and performed.
Patrick’s KZSU Stanford Radio broadcast on Monday, March 7, included several premieres. The broadcast started with a piano adagio written for Clara Tietelbaum (Dayton), his private teacher in the late 1990’s and herself a Juilliard student of Alexander Siloti (who studied with Franz Liszt). This initial broadcast piece was followed by a live studio performance of an aria from his tragic opera in progress, BYRON IN GREECE, “So We’ll Go No More A Roving” (from a Byron poem), sung by coloratura soprano Elyse Nakajima and accompanied by the Paganini Trio (Joseph Gold, Debbie Dare and Jaume Torrent). On the broadcast Patrick also had a piece for unaccompanied violin, a dance from his MEDICI SUITE, premiered by Joseph Gold on a 1690’s Stradivarius. In addition, Patrick’s performed music on KZSU included his organ prelude (“Resurrexit”) along with his duet (“Agrigento”) for two guitars (or guitar and string bass), concluding the Stanford radio broadcast.
Patrick’s music often utilizes counterpoint and emphasizes melodic line. Inspired by Bach more than any other historical figure in music, he composes in a style sometimes described as Neo-Baroque with hints of syncopation. Hunt has written many lieder and some commissioned art song cycles, including Songs of Exile. Another song cycle he composed is Don Quixote. He has also written several string quartets and various piano compositions including his MONUMENTS OF ROME suite. In addition to chamber and solo instrumental music, Patrick has also written and performed feature film score music and, among other venues, has had recent performances of his music in New York, London, Italy and Switzerland.
Joseph Gold, director of the Paganini Trio, is a violin virtuoso specializing in Paganini and Sarasate and author of PAGANINI'S ART OF VIOLIN PLAYING and has contributed to THE STRAD Magazine. He studied with Jascha Heifetz and has also been concertmaster at the Spoleto Festival in Italy where he also was solo accompanist to famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Jaume Torrent is a Spanish composer from Barcelona, trained there at the Conservatorio de Liceu, and a Classical guitarist who has performed widely in Europe. In the Fall of 2002 he was President of the Jury at the internationally renowned Subiaco Competition in Italy. Debbie Dare was first violin in German state opera orchestras; she premiered Kurt Rapf's violin and viola concerto with Joseph Gold on violin at Vienna's Schönbrunn Palace in 2002. Elyse Nakajima, coloratura soprano, is currently with the San Diego Opera, where she has performed various roles in Mozart operas including Despina in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, also performing as Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI with Berkeley Opera, among other roles for New York Opera Studio and elsewhere.
Patrick N. Hunt, Joseph Gold, Debbie Dare, Jaume Torrent (The Paganini Trio), Elyse Nakajima, KZSU, Byrd
Dr. Hunt's playlist may also be found at
Artist Track Album/Label
Dr. Patrick N. Hunt, composer PIANO ADAGIO FOR CLARA TIETELBAUM
Patrick N. Hunt, composer BYRON IN GREECE, "So We’ll Go No More A Roving," performed by Elyse Nakajima, coloratura soprano, and the Paganini Trio(J. Gold)
Jaume Torrent, composer SCHERZO, performed by the Paganini Trio (Joseph Gold, violin; Debbie Dare, viola
Dr. Patrick N. Hunt, composer DANCE FROM THE MEDICI SUITE, performed by Joseph Gold, solo violin
Dr. Patrick N. Hunt, composer RESURREXIT Organ Prelude