Cellist Richard Aaron is an educator and frequent competition judge who will join the SFCM faculty


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The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) has announced the appointment of cellist and educator Richard Aaron to the role of professor of cello.

Aaron, who is currently on faculty at The Juilliard School and the University of Michigan, will join SFCM full-time and accept students into his studio starting the autumn of 2024.

’It is a great honor to be invited to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. There is a wonderful pedagogical cello tradition in San Francisco which I am very excited to be joining,’ said Aaron.

Aaron’s students have won numerous awards, including first prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Isang Yun Competition in South Korea, and the Naumburg International Cello Competition in New York City. As a mentor and teacher, Aaron has also influenced many students who hold roles at notable orchestras and chamber ensembles.

’Richard Aaron’s extraordinary work is evidenced through his exceptional students who hold premier positions throughout the world,’ said SFCM president David Stull. ’He is a brilliant colleague and musician and his impact on our profession has been profoundly transformative. I am honoured to welcome Richard to this marvelous faculty.’

Born in West Hartford, CT, Aaron was previously on the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. He has conducted masterclasses in many countries across four continents, including at many of the leading music schools in North America.

Aaron has been on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival since 2003. He has also taught at many other summer music institutes including the Indiana University String Academy, Calgary Music Bridge, Peter the Great Music Festival (Groningen, Holland), Aria International Summer Academy (Massachusetts), Innsbruck Summer Music Academy (Missouri), Chautauqua Institution (New York), the Idyllwild Summer Program (California), Heifetz International Music Institute (Virginia), Marrowstone Music Festival (Washington), and the Encore School for Strings (Ohio).

A frequent competition judge, Aaron has recently served at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale Competition, Beijing International Competition, Cassado (Japan), Isang Yun Competition (Korea), Klein Competition, Paulo Cello Competition (Finland), Schadt String Competition and the Stulberg Competition.

Aaron studies and plays the viola da gamba and baroque cello.

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