American cellist, Aaron Minsky, is among the most influential string musicians of his generation. His "celtar" style (which combines cello and guitar technique) has entered both the popular and classical worlds. His over a dozen music books, published by Oxford University Press, have become standard repertoire, his music appearing in the curriculums of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, U.K., the American String Teachers' Association, the Australian Music Examinations Board, and many others around the world. He composed the first classical arrangement ever approved by the Grateful Dead's publisher: "Dead Cello" (Latham Music). Aaron has given masterclasses and performances in the United States, England, Ireland, and Australia. He conducted the world premiere of his "Legends of Cellandia" for cello orchestra (commissioned by the London Cello Society) at the Royal Academy of Music, London. And, marking a great milestone, Minsky debuted his cello concerto, "The Conqueror", with the Staten Island Philharmonic.
Aaron Minsky is a D'Addario Artist and a Yamaha Artist. He has performed with top orchestras on two continents. His rock band "Von Cello" toured the United States and released several CDs. Also known as Von Cello, Aaron has given interviews and performances on radio and television (including Good Day New York, FOX and Friends, and WOR). He is in Who's Who in America and the International Who's Who, and has performed with a wide range of artists from David Bowie to Mstislav Rostropovitch.
Already an accomplished rock guitarist in his teens, it was Aaron's search for a new guitar sound that led him to the cello. Wanting as broad a view as possible, he studied with many teachers - including Harvey Shapiro and Channing Robbins of Juilliard, Jonathan Miller of the Boston Symphony, George Saslow and Einar Holm, and David Wells of Manhattan School of Music where he obtained a Master of Music degree.
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