Aaron Israel Levin writes music that is guided by the emotional dynamism of storytelling and drama, drawing from a multitude of influences to create compositions that are both personal and wide-ranging. Aaron’s music has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, Bent Frequency Duo, the Chelsea Symphony, Fifth House Ensemble, loadbang, the Yale Philharmonia, mezzo-sopranos Kayleigh Butcher and Lisa Neher, and percussionists Dmitrii Nilov and Sam Um. Passionate about collaboration, Aaron frequently works with artists in theater, dance, and film, and is the co-founder of the multimedia production company Shoes & Dry Goods Collective.
In 2019, Aaron was selected to take part in the Underwood New Music Readings with the American Composers Orchestra under conductor Ludovic Morlot, and was subsequently awarded their Audience Choice Commission. His music has been heard across the country at the DiMenna Center (NYC), Spectrum (NYC), Constellation (Chicago), New Music Gathering 2020, and the Bowdoin, Fresh Inc., Oregon Bach, and Source Song festivals. In 2021, Aaron will attend the composition program at the Aspen Music Festival under Stephen Hartke and Chris Theofanidis. Additionally, he was recently selected to partake in the RED NOTE Music Festival, the New Amsterdam Composers Lab, and the Young Composers Meeting with orkest de ereprijs in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. Aaron is also the recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Upcoming projects include a work for solo harpsichord commissioned by the Historical Keyboard Society of North America to be premiered by Jon Salamon; a violin and live-electronics work for Charlie Lin; a song cycle for baritone Harrison Hintzsche and pianist Mary Trotter; and a quintet for ONIX Ensamble.
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Aaron is a graduate of Grinnell College (BA) and the Yale School of Music (MM), where he is currently pursuing his DMA.