Originally a native of Germany, Diane Hunger currently resides in Buffalo, NY. Diane
holds the tenor chair in the critically acclaimed Mana Saxophone Quartet, is a member
of the Duo Klang par2, and teaches saxophone at Fredonia, Syracuse University and
Canisius College. Previously she taught i.e. at Cornell University and as Teaching
Assistant at The Eastman School of Music.
Diane is recognized internationally and performs frequently as soloist and chamber
musician throughout Europe and the United States. Recently she could be heard at the
Chautauqua Summer Festival, the 7th International Saxophone Festival in Szczecin,
Poland, the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland in 2012, as well as the Hartt School
of Music, Hartford, Connecticut, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, Netherlands,
Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in NYC, and with orchestras such as Eastman Graduate
Chamber Orchestra, the symphony orchestra of the Akademie für Tonkunst, and Frankfurter
Orchestergesellschaft. Additionally she has toured Spain with the Linda Bangs Darmstadt
Akademie Saxophone Orchestra, and recorded for the Bavarian Broadcast Station.
Diane is enthusiastic to rediscover music from the past and frequently transcribes
music for saxophones. Recent projects include Dvorak’s Terzetto Op. 74 and Libby Larsen’s
Yellow Jersey, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Furthermore,
Diane is committed to the expansion of dynamic new works for saxophones and frequently
interacts and works with composers to expand the repertoire for saxophones including
Steven Stuckey, Libby Larsen, Violeta Dinescu, Michael Lanci, and Amos Gillespie.
Diane received a Diplom-Saxophonlehrer with excellence from the Musikhochschule Frankfurt/Darmstadt
in 2008, a Masters in Performance from Fredonia in 2009, and a Doctorate of Musical
Arts together with an Arts Leadership Certificate from The Eastman School of Music
in 2014. While at Eastman Diane was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate,
and won the 2011 Eastman Concerto Competition playing Frank Martin’s Ballade. In 2012
she won the American Protégé International Competition for Piano and Strings, because
of which she was invited to play her debut in Weill Recital Hall in April 2012. During
her undergraduate degree Diane was the only elected instrumentalist to perform a concerto
with the Darmstadt Akademie Orchestra in 2007 and was a national price winner in the
German competition Jugend musiziert in 2003.
Diane Hunger plays on vintage Buescher saxophones from the 1930’s and is a D’Addario
Performing Artist, performing on Reserve Reeds exclusively.