A native of Chicago, Aaron Alter's musical background was a product of the rich musical life that he found growing up in the Windy City. Aaron received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, where he studied piano with Frances Larimer and Gui Mombaerts, and composition with Lynden DeYoung and David Noon. He received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from Princeton University, where he studied with Milton Babbitt and James K. Randall. Aaron’s new music, first performed in 2015, what Aaron calls his "New Beginning", is an exploration of a new style and energy that defies categorization. Aaron’s new music has won numerous awards from the Global Music Awards and The American Prize. Aaron is a regular contributor of compositions to the repertoire of the flutist Iwona Glinka, the pianist and Steinway artist, Susan Merdinger, the Cracow Duo, the ÉxQuartet, the pianist Vania Pimentel, The New Mexico Performing Arts Society and Composers Concordance in New York.
About the music
Aaron’s new music, which he calls his “New Beginning” is an exploration of a new style and energy that defies categorization. Aaron's music draws on influences throughout his life, such as Rock, Jazz, Pop music as well as Western European "Classical" music. For example, works such as "Solar Rays" and "Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry" defy genres and exist in Classical ensemble and Jazz Big Band versions.