Aaron Kurz, United States

Aaron Kurz is a concert pianist who is currently working toward an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music.

He has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, in venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Palace of Peace and Harmony in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Aaron has soloed with numerous orchestras, including the Fort Worth Symphony, Shanxi Shuozilun Symphony (China), New Millennium Orchestra, Central Texas Philharmonic, Round Rock Symphony, Dakota Valley Symphony, Lewisville Lake Symphony, University of Michigan Philharmonia Orchestra, and Meadows Symphony Orchestra. 

Aaron has been a prizewinner in many national and international competitions, including the New York International Piano Competition (IPC), Los Angeles IPC, Virginia Waring IPC, Viardo IPC, and Emilio del Rosario IPC. Recently, Aaron traveled to China, where he gave multiple performances alongside a masterclass and lecture at the Xi’an Conservatory. 

In addition to concertizing, Aaron also wants to help spread classical music to those who would benefit most from it. He has spent two years working with the Van Cliburn Foundation, which teaches classical music principles to children in underprivileged school districts via interactive seminars. These concerts aim to both spread the joy of classical music and inspire the next generation of musicians.

Aaron holds a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Alexander Kobrin and Logan Skelton, respectively. Before college, he studied with Carol Leone of Southern Methodist University. In his spare time, Aaron also enjoys both playing and watching sports. 

Competitor: Second Triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition. October 27–November 3, 2019. Albuquerque, New Mexico.