Aaron Brown, violin

Violinist and Early Music specialist Aaron Brown began music studies at age 4 at the Stoliarsky School of Music in Brisbane, Australia. He was a prizewinner at numerous Brisbane Eisteddfods, and in 1997 was a Recitalist in the National Youth Concerto Competition. In early 1998 he began working as a violinist with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, and later that year won the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship and the Anglican Church Grammar School’s Overseas Study scholarship for study at the Juilliard School in New York, in the studio of Dorothy DeLay. In 2001 he co-founded the New Bach Players with pianist Francesco Schlime, appearing as concertmaster and soloist with the group for performances in New York and two European tours, and recording J.S. Bach’s complete keyboard concertos for the CD Accord label. Soon after he began studies in Baroque violin at Mannes College of Music and later at Hunter College, earning an M.A. in baroque violin performance, and quickly became an active member of the early music community in New York and elsewhere in the United States, performing with the Clarion Music Society, Opera Lafayette, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Four Nations Ensemble, the Mark Morris Dance Group, The New York Collegium, The American Classical Orchestra, ARTEK, Early Music New York, and Sinfonia New York among others. 

In 2008 Aaron released his first solo CD, Aaron Brown: Baroque Violin, , and in early 2009 co-founded Guido’s Ear, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of music from the Medieval to early Baroque. Later that year he returned to Australia to begin work with Paul Dyer and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and has been involved in many of their productions since, including performing as a featured soloist in the orchestra’s 17th century Tapas program, which won the 2010 ARIA award for best classical CD. In 2010 the orchestra generously awarded Aaron a mentorship and professional development grant to work with acclaimed Canadian violinist Marc Destrube and the Orchestra of the 18th Century in Amsterdam, and in 2011 he was awarded a grant from the Australia Council to work with Chicago-based virtuoso violinist and Renaissance music specialist David Douglass and the Newberry Consort. 

Aaron also performs Medieval repertoire on early string intruments, including the Rebec and Vielle, and has given master classes and lectures on early music topics at venues including the City University of New York, Vanderbilt University, and Brisbane International Youth Music Festival. He has also been an active performer outside the classical music world, appearing at the Woodford Folk Festival, the Asia Pacific Triennial and the OMNI festival in Luxembourg among other venues, with a diverse range of artists including electronic music artist Francesco Tristano, cabaret perfomer Annie Lee, singer-songwriter Buddy Mondlock, and his musican father Wayne Roland Brown. 

Aaron has appeared at many of the world’s major venues, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, BAM, the BOZAR Brussels, Grand Teatre Luxembourg, the Arsenal in Metz, Sydney City Recital Hall, Melbourne Recital Center, Adelaide Town Hall and the Queensland Performing Arts Center, and has recorded for Naxos, Lyrichord, ABC Classics and CD Accord. He currently divides his time between performing in Australia and the United States, and has just finished his second solo CD, Early Modern, which features original material alongside historically informed performances of early 17th century Italian repertoire.