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Aaron Jay Kernis


Aaron Jay Kernis received the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and is among the youngest Pulitzer Prize winners.  His music figures prominently on concert programs worldwide, and he has been commissioned by America’s preeminent performing organizations and artists, including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras, Walt Disney Company, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Renee Fleming, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Sharon Isbin.  Recent and upcoming commissions include works for James Ehnes at the BBC Proms, the Seattle Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Big Ten Band Association, an Astral Artist collaboration, and Eighth Blackbird. His music has been recorded by Cedille Naxos, Virgin, Nonesuch, and Koch.  A CD of his orchestral works by Hugh Wolff and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was a Grammy nominee and winner of France's Diapason d'or Palmares and was rereleased on Phoenix.  His Goblin Market, recorded by The New Professionals was recently released by Signum, and an Arabesque CD features the Lark Quartet in his Pulitzer-Prize winning Quartet No. 2 (musica instrumentalis) and 1st Quartet.  He is director of the Minnesota Orchestra‘s Composer Institute, served as the orchestra’s New Music Advisor to for 10 years, and teaches composition at Yale School of Music, and was Recently inducted to the Academy of Arts and Letters.  He has also appeared as conductor at major music festivals in Chicago and Portland, and has led members of the San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic. You can check out more information on at Aaron's website