Professor Una Hunt

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 and supervises PhDs in Performance. Una was created Professor by DIT in 2018 is a former Adjunct Professor of Music at University College Dublin; she holds a PhD in Performance from NUI Maynooth and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music by Queens University Belfast. Una also holds a Konzertfach Diploma in Piano from the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna. She is presently a council member of the Society of Musicology in Ireland, a member of the LLCC Committee at the Royal Irish Academy, and founder and chair of the National Forum for Music Performance Research in Ireland.

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 public lectures, lecture-recitals and master classes at home and abroad and is a visiting professor to Hood College, Maryland, USA. Una has also lectured on Thomas Moore, Ireland’s national songwriter, 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 recently published by Routledge. For many years, she was music consultant to the National Library of Ireland where she created the first digital archive of historic Irish music. Una has also recorded an unrivalled discography of 15 world-premiere CDs devoted to music of Irish interest. These include the first complete archive of Moore’s Irish Melodies (6CD box set) 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.

Una is also active in publishing new editions of Irish music, and bringing it before new generations; she has curated a number of historic concert series for the National Concert Hall, Wexford Festival Opera and the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival among others, and has produced Irish opera performances with these and other Irish opera companies. She produced and performed the first Dublin performance of Michael William Balfe’s operetta The Sleeping Queen at the National Concert Hall with vocal students from DIT.

As an experienced broadcaster and documentary maker, Una has completed numerous productions on significant musical figures for RTÉ and the BBC. Her programme, John Beckett: the Man and his Music, broadcast by RTÉ Lyric fm, was a recent Bronze Prize winner at the prestigious New York Festivals International Radio Awards.