Short Resume of Aaron Minsky (a.k.a. Von Cello)

by Aaron Von Cello

HONORS and AWARDS 

Commission from the London Cello Society for a major cello ensemble work: Legends of Cellandia - 
Inclusion in the International Who’s Who 
Inclusion in Who’s Who In America
ASCAPLUS Award winner - multiple times
Accepted as voting member of NARAS (the Grammys)
Composer for two time Nova Award winning video "So, You’re Having A Baby"
Composer for documentary film "Dream City" winner of the Silver Award for Experimental Film at the Houston Film Festival, 
and the Jury Award at the New York EXPO of Short Film and Video

INTERNATIONAL TOURS

England - conducted world premiere, recitals, masterclasses, workshops - London, Oxford and other cities
Ireland - conducting world premiere, recitals, masterclasses, workshops - Dublin, Cork
Australia - conducting, recitals, masterclasses, workshops - 7 cities from Melbourne and Sydney to Perth  

ENDORSEMENTS 

Yamaha Electric Cello
D'Addario Strings
PegHeds Cello Endpin

UNIVERSITY TEACHING

Seattle Pacific University - Strings Without Boundaries - workshops, classes and recitals
Georgia State University - Strings Without Boundaries workshops and classes 
Australia National University - workshops on jazz and classical improvisation
Royal Academy of Music - London - masterclasses
Royal Irish Academy of Music - Dublin - recital and workshops, training video for my etudes 
New York State University at Potsdam, NYPerformance and Clinic for Yamaha 
Offered a semester as cello professor at Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam 

PERFORMED WITH MUSICIANS

Classical Conductors: Mstislav Rostropovitch, Edo de Waart, Gerard Schwartz, Lukus Foss
Rock Musicians: David Bowie, Patti Smith, The Plasmatics, Jeff Southworth (Hall and Oates), Rusty Ford (Lothar and the Hand People), John DiGuillio (Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, Turtles), Scott Guberman (members of the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers), Lisa Ratner (songwriter - Barbara Streisand, Dolly Parton, Vanessa Williams)
Singers: Tony Bennet, Roberta Peters, Birgit Nilssohn, Mel Torme, Al Martino, Sandy Farina 

CD RELEASES

Dead Cello - solo cello suite based on music of the Grateful Dead - Aaron Minsky (performed by the arranger)
Ten International Cello Encores - Aaron Minsky - (performed by the composer)
Ten American Cello Etudes - Aaron Minsky - (performed by the composer)
Celtar - Von Cello Band
Excalibur - Von Cello Band
Von Cello Rules! - Von Cello Band
Breaking The Sound Barriers - Von Cello (Aaron Minsky playing all instruments)

PUBLICATIONS

Ten Suite Variations (on the Bach Cello Suites), Von Cello Inc., 2015
Pop Goes the Cello, Oxford University Press, 2014
Ten International Violin Encores, Oxford University Press, 2012
Ten American Violin Etudes, Oxford University Press, 2011
Dead Cello (based on music of the Grateful Dead), Latham Music 2011
Ten International Cello Encores, Oxford University Press, 2009
Judaic Concert Suite for solo cello, Oxford University Press, 2003
Pacific Northwest Suite, Von Cello, Inc., 1998
Ten Young American Ensembles, Oxford University Press, 1995
Three American Pieces for unaccompanied viola, Oxford University Press, 1991
Three Concert Etudes for unaccompanied cello, Oxford University Press, 1990
Three American Cello Duets, Oxford University Press, 1989
Ten American Cello Etudes, Oxford University Press, 1988

CURRICULUMS (That Include Minsky’s Music)

American String Teachers' Association Curriculum, ASTA
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Curriculum, ABRSM, United Kingdom
Australian Music Examinations Board, AMEB, Australia 
New York State School Music Association, NYSSMA
A Guide to the Standard Cello Repertoire, by Jeffrey Solow

REVIEWS

Positive reviews in many publications including: 
The Strad (UK)
Strings Magazine (US)
AUSTA Magazine (AU)
The American String Teacher (US)
Music Journal of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (UK)

ARTICLES 

Articles written by or about Aaron Minsky:
RELIX (leading magazine of the jam band scene)
AUSTA Magazine (Australian String Teachers Association)
JESTA Magazine (Junior European String Teachers Association)
ALLEGRO Magazine (American Federation of Musicians, Local 802)
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS (blog and video on website)
VIOLONCELLO SOCIETY of NEW YORK newsletter
MUSICDISH (international on line popular music magazine)

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

World Premiere of "The Conqueror" Cello Concerto by Aaron Minsky, with the Staten Island Philharmonic
World Premiere of "Pop Goes the Cello" by Aaron Minsky at the Royal Academy of Music, London 
Conducted World Premiere of "Legends of Cellandia" by Aaron Minsky at the Royal Academy of Music, London 
Conducted 70 cellists in a performance of "Legends of Cellandia" in Melbourne, AU
Conducted World Premiere of "All Aboard!" by Aaron Minsky at the Cork School of Music, Cork, Ireland
World Premiere - "Ten International Cello Encores" by Aaron Minsky, New Directions Cello Festival - Ithaca College, NY
World Premiere of "Ten American Cello Etudes" by Aaron Minsky - First World Cello Congress, University of Maryland 
First cellist to perform the "Star Spangled Banner" for the Yankees
Good Day New York, 20 segments during the morning show
"FOX and Friends", the FOX cable network's morning news show
Regis and Kelly Show, ABC Television, NYC
Rock Against Violence, outdoor benefit concert for the victims of the 9/11 attack, Harrisburg, PA
Nashville New Music Conference, TN
Conducted the NYSSMA Directors' Orchestra, Albany, NY
Sixth American Cello Congress, University of Maryland, MD
World Cello Congress III, Towson University, MD
New Directions Cello Festival, University of Connecticut
Interviews and performances on Reuters News Network, Associated Press, The Joey Reynolds Show - WOR 
New Directions Cello Festival, Knitting Factory, NYC
100th Anniversary Concert, Music Publishers’ Association of the United States, Lincoln Center, NYC

 

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