[ Composers ]

Aaron Kernis

A winner of the coveted 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and one of the youngest composers ever awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Aaron Kernis has taught composition at the Yale School of Music since 2003. His music figures prominently on orchestral, chamber, and recital programs worldwide and he has been commissioned by many of America‘s foremost performing artists, including sopranos Renée Fleming and Dawn Upshaw, violinists Joshua Bell and Nadja Salerno–Sonnenberg, and guitarist Sharon Isbin, and by institutions including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul chamber orchestras, the Walt Disney Company and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

He was awarded the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize, and he received Grammy® nominations for Air and his Second Symphony.

Since 1998, he has served as new music adviser to the Minnesota Orchestra and is chairman and co–director of the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. His music is available on Nonesuch, Phoenix, New Albion, Argo and CRI .