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Richard Aaron

Richard Aaron with his cello


Courses Taught

Applied Lessons


Described as a “sought-after professor of cello whose methods of teaching have garnered global acclaim,” Richard Aaron is a professor of cello. He has served at the University of Michigan and at the Juilliard School since 2006 and 2007, respectively. In fall 2024, he will join the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Previously he taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory. 

He has conducted masterclasses in many countries across four continents, including at many of the leading music schools in North America, including Eastman School of Music, Hartt School, Mannes, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Rice University, The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and the University of Cincinnati.

Since 2003, Aaron has been on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival. He  has also taught at many other summer music institutes including the Indiana University String Academy, Calgary Music Bridge, Peter the Great Music Festival (Groningen, Holland), Aria International Summer Academy (Massachusetts), Innsbruck Summer Music Academy (Missouri), Chautauqua Institution (New York), the Idyllwild Summer Program (California), Heifetz International Music Institute (Virginia), Marrowstone Music Festival (Washington), and The Encore school for strings (Ohio).

A frequent competition judge, Aaron has recently served at the Amsterdam Cello Biennale Competition, Beijing International Competition, Cassado (Japan), ISANG YUN Competition (Korea), Klein Competition, Paulo Cello Competition (Finland), Schadt String Competition and the Stulberg Competition.

Former Aaron students have occupied positions in major orchestras such as Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle, Dallas, Portland, St. Paul, Pittsburg, San Francisco, Utah, and the Metropolitan Opera–

to name a few. His students also participate in many award-winning ensembles, such as the Biava, Fry Street, American, Penderecki, Linden, Escher, Telegraph and Aeolus string quartets. 

For enjoyment and enrichment, Aaron studies and plays the viola da gamba and baroque cello.