Principal Trumpet of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Hunter Eberly is a native of Muskegon, Michigan. Hunter started playing the trumpet at the age of 8 under the tutelage of his mother, and he continued his studies in high school with Charley Lea of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He attended Grand Valley State University, where he studied with Richard Stoelzel and earned his Bachelor of Music degree. Hunter continued his education by attending The Colburn School in Los Angeles. There, he studied with James Wilt of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and earned a Professional Studies Certificate.
Hunter has performed as Guest Principal Trumpet with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Grand Rapids Symphony. He has also served as principal trumpet of the Jacksonville Symphony and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, and has performed and toured with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition to classical playing, Hunter enjoys playing many other genres of music. Most notably, he has performed with a large number of Motown’s greatest performers including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The 4 Tops, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes.
As a soloist, Hunter has performed numerous times with the DSO, including concerti by Tomasi, Haydn, Arutunian, and Telemann. His 2016 performances of the John Williams Trumpet Concerto were recorded and are to be released on the Naxos label.
Hunter has won several awards including first prize in the National Trumpet Competition Undergraduate Solo Competition, first prize in the National Trumpet Competition Trumpet Ensemble division, and second prize in the International Trumpet Guild Mock Orchestra Competition.
Hunter has a passion for teaching and is currently Lecturer of Trumpet at The University of Michigan. There he teaches private lessons and an orchestral repertoire class. Hunter has also taught the trumpet studios at Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University, and he has given masterclasses and recitals at conservatories and universities throughout North America. Hunter maintains a small private teaching studio and regularly coaches college students and young professionals in audition preparation.
Hunter lives on Grosse Ile with his wife Kim, their two children, and two dogs. When he is not playing the trumpet, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and being in the outdoors. Hunter is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Hunter Eberly is one of the judges for the finals of the WTS Orchestral competition 2021.