AARON JAY KERNIS (b 1960 )
Pulitzer, GRAMMY, and Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis is one of America’s most performed and honoured composers. He has been commissioned by the world’s pre-eminent performing organizations and artists, from the New York Philharmonic to the Symphonies of San Francisco, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto, and Melbourne; the Walt Disney Company to the Rose Center for Earth and Space at New York’s American Museum of Natural History; and soloists Renée Fleming, James Ehnes, Joshua Bell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Sharon Isbin.
Kernis was the recipient of Northwestern University’s Nemmers Prize, and is a member of the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the workshop director of the Nashville Symphony’s Composer Lab & Workshop; was new music adviser to the Minnesota Orchestra, with which he co-founded and directed its Composer Institute for 15 years; and serves on Yale’s composition faculty.
Kernis has conducted in cities including Rome, Washington, and Portland. Leta Miller’s biography of Kernis and his work was published in 2014 by the University of Illinois Press. His music can be heard on the Nonesuch, Naxos, Signum, Koch, Argo, and Onyx record labels, among others.
For more information, visit https://aaronjaykernis.com.