Violin and Viola
Complimented recently for his “impressive playing” and “rapturous music” (Early Music America), Aaron Westman is in demand as both a violinist and violist. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician with Agave Baroque, American Bach Soloists, El Mundo, Ensemble Mirable, Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, Musica Pacifica, Seicento String Band, Seraphic Fire, and The Vivaldi Project. As a principal player, Aaron has worked with ABS, Berkeley West Edge Opera, Bach Collegium San Diego, Magnificat, and Pacific Bach Project, and he performs regularly with New Hampshire Music Festival, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Musica Angelica, Wiener Akademie, and Philharmonia.
Aaron co-directs the award winning chamber ensembles Agave Baroque and Live Oak Baroque Orchestra. Agave (which Philharmonia cellist William Skeen recently joined) was a finalist in the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition in 2012, as well as in the EMA/NAXOS Recording Competition, and was a featured main stage performer at the 2012 Berkeley Early Music Festival. Both ensembles have received grants from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music to release albums on the VGo Recordings label. Agave has just released their second album Friends of Ferdinand, and LOBO will be recording their debut album Concertos for a Winter’s Evening (which features fellow Philharmonians Elizabeth Blumenstock, William Skeen, and Aaron playing Vivaldi concertos). Aaron has also recorded for Hollywood, and on the Sono Luminus, NCA, and Philharmonia Baroque Productions labels, as well as live on KPFK (Los Angeles), WDAV (North Carolina), BBC, ORF (Austria), and as a soloist on NPR’s Harmonia and Performance Today radio programs.
Aaron tours extensively worldwide, including with two projects starring the actor John Malkovich. He holds a Master of Music from the Indiana University School of Music, where he double-majored in viola performance and early music. His teachers included Stanley Ritchie, Alan de Veritch, Theodore Arm, and Geraldine Walther. For three years, Aaron taught at CalArts. He is currently Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Young People’s Chamber Orchestra.