Biography

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photo credit: Owen Richards (c) 2012

Aaron Cassidy is an American composer and conductor based in England since 2007. His work has been programmed by leading international contemporary music specialists including ELISION, Ensemble SurPlus, musikFabrik, EXAUDI, Ictus Ensemble, ensemble recherche, 175 East, Talea Ensemble, the Kairos, Diotima, and JACK string quartets, and soloists including Garth Knox, Ian Pace, Mieko Kanno, Ryan Muncy, and Christopher Redgate, at major international festivals and venues including Donaueschingen, Ultraschall, Warsaw Autumn, Huddersfield, Darmstadt, Gaudeamus, Bludenz, June In Buffalo,  the ISCM World Music Days, Southbank Centre, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, and Monday Evening Concerts. The work has been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, Radio France, Deutschlandradio Kultur, SWR-2, Kulturradio rbb, Österreichischer Rundfunk, and Polish National Radio. In July 2008, ELISION presented a portrait concert of his work for broadcast on ABC Classic FM, and in 2009-10 the ensemble completed an extensive recording project of his work in conjunction with Radio Bremen. He has received grants, stipends, and commissions from Südwestrundfunk, allerArt Bludenz, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, Haupstadtkulturfonds Berlin, New York Foundation for the Arts, ASCAP, the American Music Center, Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Council, and PRSF 20×12/London Cultural Olympiad 2012.  Recordings of his work are available on NEOS, NMC, HCR, and New Focus Records.

Also active as a conductor, Cassidy has led performances by student and professional ensembles in a diverse range of contemporary and traditional repertoire. He has conducted at the June in Buffalo festival, ICMC, and in a variety of university settings, most recently serving as conductor of the Symphony Orchestra and the New Music Ensemble at the University of Huddersfield. In 2009, he participated in the Herrenhaus Edenkoben Mastercourse with Peter Eötvös and Zsolt Nagy, conducting the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) in a radio broadcast for SWR-2.

As an author his contributions include chapters in the first, second, and sixth volumes of Wolke Verlag’s New Music and Aesthetics in the 21st Century series and journals including Sonic Ideas/Ideas Sónicas, Search Journal for New Music and Culture, and Contemporary Music Review. He is the co-editor of the book Noise In And As Music, published in 2013 by Huddersfield University Press. Additionally, he has been increasingly active as a CD producer, most notably with EXAUDI’s critically acclaimed releases of Finnissy, Fox, and Skempton on NMC and Mode and ELISION’s Ferneyhough disc on Kairos.

Cassidy joined the staff of the University of Huddersfield in 2007 and currently serves as Professor of Composition, Research Coordinator for Music and Music Technology, and part of the Directorate of the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM). He previously served as Lecturer of Composition at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Buffalo State College. He holds a Ph.D. in Composition from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where he studied principally with David Felder as a recipient of a Presidential Fellowship.