Diane Hunger, a native of Germany, received a Diplom-Saxophonlehrer with distinction from the Musikhochschule Frankfurt/Darmstadt in 2008, and a Masters in Saxophone Performance from SUNY Fredonia in 2009. She recently received the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, she studied with Prof. Chien-Kwan Lin, serving as his teaching assistant while also completing a Minor in Music Business and a Certificate in Arts Leadership at the same time.
In addition to teaching saxophone at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, Diane is an Adjunct Instructor for Saxophone at SUNY Fredonia. She has taught previously at the Musikschule Mainz-Hechtsheim; the Chautauqua Music Camp; the 7th International Saxophone Festival in Szczecin, Poland; and she has worked as Administrations and Operations Assistant for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
A recognized soloist, Diane Hunger won first prize in the American Protégé International Competition 2012 and, as winner, was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. At the Eastman School of Music, she was a winner in the 2011 Concerto Competition and also recently received the Performer’s Certificate. A finalist in the annual Fredonia Concerto Competition in 2009, and national prizewinner in the German competition Jugend Musiziertin 2003, she has performed as soloist with the Eastman Graduate Chamber Orchestra, the symphony orchestra of the Akademie für Tonkunst, the Frankfurter Orchestergesellschaft, and the Wandsbeker Sinfoniker. In addition, she has played with the Mannheimer Bläserphilharmonie, as well as the Landes-Polizei-Orchester Hessen.
Diane is active internationally not only as a soloist, but also as a chamber musician, having toured Spain with the Linda Bangs Saxophone Orchestra, and she has recorded for the Bavarian broadcast station, Bayerische Rundfunk. She has been invited to perform at the International Alliance of Women in Music conference in Flagstaff, Arizona; the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in West Point, NY in 2011; and the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland in 2012. She has performed at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, and at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht, Netherlands. She recently performed a series of concerts in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands with the duo Klang par2, andis presently working with composers of new music to expand the repertoire for two saxophones.
Dr. Hunger has participated in numerous master classes including those given by the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, Carina Raschèr, Richard Scruggs, John-Edward Kelly, Jean-Marie Londeix, and Claude Delangle. A RICO Performing Artist, her teachers have been Bruce Weinberger, Linda Bangs, Wildy Zumwalt und Chien-Kwan Lin.