Aaron Travers is currently working on three new pieces for very different instrumentations: a piece for tango quartet composed for Cuarteto Tanguero, to be completed September 2016; a piece for solo guitar for Nemanja Ostoic, to be completed in fall of 2016; and a work for string quartet and soprano for Tony Arnold and the Arneis Quartet, to be completed fall of 2017.
My piece, Vals for Susann, for harp and violin (commissioned by BloomingDuo), will be performed Friday, June 17 at 3PM at Alumni Hall for the International Harp Competition Gala Concert in honor of its founder, harpist Susann MacDonald.
Music in the American Wild, as part of the U.S. National Park Centennial, recently performed my new piece, Sanctuary, at Locust Grove in Louisville, KY, and at the outdoor amphitheater in Mammoth Cave. They will perform the piece June 14 at 6PM at Purchase Knob at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina. Following that, it will be performed June 19 at 3PM at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
Aaron Travers and his student Will Rowe have received a 2014 Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity from Indiana University. Sponsored jointly by the Provost, the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, the Award recognizes not only outstanding achievement in research and creative activity, but the importance of such creative and research experiences for undergraduates. This award also recognizes that faculty who mentor undergraduates make a significant difference, encouraging and...
Aaron Travers was award 2nd prize in the 2013 Alexander Zemlinsky Composition Competition from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. The award comes with a $20,000 commission to compose a new orchestral work for one of CCM's orchestras. The Alexander Zemlinsky Prize for Composition, now in its third iteration, serves three purposes: to perpetuate the memory of Alexander Zemlinsky, to find new works for symphony orchestra that are truly original and have the power to communicate with and engage a broad audience, and to promote and encourage young composers internationally.