Photo credit: Angela Guyton (2019)

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 Musikfabrik, EXAUDI, Ensemble SurPlus, ensemble recherche, Ictus Ensemble, 175 East, Talea Ensemble, the Kairos, Diotima, and JACK string quartets, and soloists including Garth Knox, Ian Pace, Carl Rosman, Peter Veale, Mieko Kanno, Ryan Muncy, Jeffrey Gavett, Diego Castro, and Christopher Redgate, at major international festivals and venues including Donaueschingen, Ultraschall, Warsaw Autumn, Huddersfield, Darmstadt, Gaudeamus, Dark Music Days, Bludenz, Bendigo (BIFEM), Tage für Neue Musik Zürich, NYCEMF, June In Buffalo, the ISCM World Music Days, Southbank Centre, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Sendesaal Bremen, and Monday Evening Concerts. 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, PRSF 20×12/London Cultural Olympiad 2012, and the RMIT Gallery Sonic Arts Collection. Recordings of his work are available on NEOS, NMC, HCR, and New Focus Records.

Also active as a conductor, Cassidy has led performances of a diverse range of contemporary and traditional repertoire in a variety of professional and university settings, including guest appearances with ELISION, Ensemble Musikfabrik, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), International Ensemble Modern Academy, the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Augenmusik, at venues including Darmstadt, June in Buffalo, Melbourne Recital Centre, and the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC 2011). In the Summer of 2009 he participated in the Herrenhaus Edenkoben conducting course, studying with Peter Eötvös and Zsolt Nagy. He was previously the conductor of the New Music Ensemble and University Symphony Orchestra at the University of Huddersfield.

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 given invited lectures and masterclasses at significant institutions for new music including Harvard, Columbia, Northwestern, University of Chicago, CalArts, SUNY Buffalo, Oxford, Southampton, York, Durham, University of Queensland, RMIT, Künstuniversität Graz, Norwegian Academy of Music, National University of Singapore, SEGi College Malaysia, Orpheus Institute Ghent, Goethe Institut-Los Angeles, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts London.

Cassidy joined the staff of the University of Huddersfield in 2007 and currently serves as Professor of Composition and Director 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.