Aaron Cassidy

Aaron Cassidy is an American composer and conductor. His compositions have been presented in hundreds of performances across 27 countries by leading contemporary music specialists at major international festivals and venues including Donaueschinge Musiktage, Ultraschall Festival, Warsaw Autumn, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, Gaudeamus Festival, Tage für Neue Musik Zürich, etc. Recordings of his work are available on 11 commercial CD releases from NEOS, NMC, HCR, and New Focus Records. His work as a conductor encompasses a broad, stylistically diverse range of contemporary and historical repertoire across chamber, orchestral, and choral settings, including leading dozens of world premieres. He has appeared with Ensemble Musikfabrik, ELISION, Schola Heidelberg, Ensemble Proton Bern, International Contemporary Ensemble, and Ensemble Interface (as IEMA), and has recorded for forthcoming releases on the Kairos, Wergo, and HCR labels. From 2008–13 he served as conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and New Music Ensemble at the University of Huddersfield. Notable recent performances as a conductor include an Ann Cleare portrait concert with Musikfabrik in the Großer Saal of the Berlin Philharmonie for the Berliner Festspiele, recording three works by Turgut Erçetin at the WDR Funkhaus for the Musikfabrik im WDR series, and a Swiss tour with Ensemble Proton Bern. He currently serves as Professor of Composition and Director of the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) at the University of Huddersfield.

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