Project Description

Aaron Shorr

Since settling in the United Kingdom in 1984, Aaron Shorr has established an international career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator.

As well as appearing as soloist at London’s South Bank in more than 30 concertos, he has toured extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician worldwide. More recent performances have included tours of Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Holland, Turkey, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and the United States. He has performed extensively in the United Kingdom appearing in concerti, solo recitals, and chamber music concerts at the Wigmore Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and St. John’s Smith Square and festivals throughout Britain. He has also appeared in major European festivals, including the BBC Proms, Menuhin Festival, Munich Biennale, Hanover Expo, Paganiniana in Genoa, Venice Biennale, Instrumenta Festival Mexico, the Skopje Days of New Music, Cyprus International Contemporary Music Festival, and the Istanbul Biennale. He has broadcast frequently for radio, including BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland, Classic FM, Bavarian Radio, Swiss Classical Radio, ABC Australia, and WQXR New York.

Aaron Shorr has recorded for Naxos, Mettier, Olympia, NMC, and Meridian. His recordings of Beethoven with duo partner, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, have won universal acclaim. Research on composers in Beethoven’s inner circle of friends and contemporaries has yielded modern recording premieres of works by Mayseder, Ries, and Archduke Rudolph as well as an unknown chamber version of Beethoven’s Third Symphony. He has also enjoyed close associations with composers and has given countless premieres and performances of works, including those by Hans Werner Henze, George Rochberg, Sadie Harrison, David Matthews, Paul Moravec, Elliott Schwartz, Jorg Widmann, Michael Alec Rose, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Judith Bingham, Rory Boyle, Marek Pasieczny, and Sidika Özdil.

Aaron Shorr studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he received their most prestigious prizes for performance. His teachers have included Alexander Kelly, Solomon Mikowsky, Gary Graffman, André Watts, John Browning, and chamber music studies with Joseph Seiger, former duo partner of legendary violinist Mischa Elman.

Aaron Shorr was a professor and researcher at the Royal Academy of Music in London since 1992. His students have gone on to win major prizes at international competitions, including Rio, Pretoria, Munich, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, Redding-Piette, and the Schubert Competition in the Czech Republic. His students have also won prizes in major UK competitions, including the Royal Overseas League, Park Lane Debut Series, Sheepdrove, and the Moray Piano Competition. He is also artistic director and chair of the jury for the Scottish International Piano Competition.

Aaron Shorr is currently Professor and Head of Keyboard and Collaborative Piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.