Richard Aaron

Richard Lee Aaron has been Professor of the cello at the University of Michigan since 2006 and the Juilliard School since 2007. He also teaches at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. He has conducted masterclasses all over the world, especially at many of the leading music schools in North America. Since 2003, he has been on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and has taught at many other summer music institutes in the United States.

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

Many of Aaron’s students have won prestigious prizes at competitions around the world, and former students have occupied positions in major American orchestras. His students also play in many award-winning ensembles, such as the Biava, Fry Street, American, Pandereski, Linden, Escher and Aeolus string quartets.

For enjoyment and enrichment, Aaron studies and plays the viola de gamba and Baroque cello.