Dr. Michael Shinn
Praised for his bold interpretations and communicative sensitivity, pianist Aaron Wunsch appears regularly on concert stages throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has performed in Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Halls at Lincoln Center, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Royal Albert Hall in London, at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and as soloist with the Yale and Colonial symphonies, among others. A ten-city solo recital tour of China garnered critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience responses. Also lauded for his “masterful” chamber music performances (Hartford Courant), he has appeared at the Norfolk, Bowdoin, Sarasota, Great Lakes, and Yellow Barn chamber music festivals, collaborating in performance with great artists including cellist Lynn Harrell, clarinetist Charles Neidich, violinist Rolf Schulte, and the New York Woodwind Quintet. A vigorous proponent of contemporary music, he has worked closely with many renowned composers, including Charles Wuorinen, Steve Stucky, Chen Yi, Fred Lerdahl, and Kaija Saariaho, and has performed new works by Saariaho and John Adams during Tanglewood’s Festival of Contemporary Music. These performances and others, including many world premieres, can be heard on major radio stations, including WGBH in Boston and WQXR in New York. He performed Charles Ives’ monumental Concord Sonata during the Lincoln Center Focus! Festival and was subsequently invited to perform it at the Salle Cortot in Paris, France. While in London he performed and recorded six exciting new works by young composers inspired by Anton Webern’s Concerto for Nine Instruments, op. 24.
Mr. Wunsch began his studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, which awarded him the school’s First Prize for five consecutive years. Afterwards he studied with many revered pianists, including Peter Frankl, Andras Schiff, Claude Frank, Emmanuel Ax, Steven Kovacevich, Seymour Lipkin, Jerome Lowenthal, and Joseph Kalichstein. Mr. Wunsch received his Bachelor’s degree cum laude from Yale University, which granted him the Henry Hart Rice Prize for the best essay in International Studies, entitled “The Impact of Ideologies upon the Formation of Music.” He then received a Fulbright Grant for further studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied piano under renowned pedagogue Karlheinz Kämmerling. Afterward he completed his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School under pianist Robert McDonald. Upon graduation Juilliard presented him with the Richard F. French Prize, the school’s highest honor for doctoral students.
Already an accomplished teacher, Mr. Wunsch is a faculty member at both the Juilliard School (Keyboard Studies, Music History, Graduate Studies) and at William Paterson University (Piano). His recent summers have included positions at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont and as guest artist and faculty member at the Jakarta International Summer Music Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia. He regularly gives master classes at conservatories and universities throughout Asia, including those in Jakarta, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai, where he is currently 2010 Visiting Professor at Shanghai Normal University. He frequently lectures about American music, including at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, and is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Music Mondays concert series in New York City