Guest Artist Master Class: David Aronson

Event Date: 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free.

Conductor and pianist David Aronson will lead a master class with UCSB voice students on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 2:30-4 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

David Aronson, a native of New York, holds degrees from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam (New York) and Manhattan School of Music. He began his career as a vocal coach and accompanist in New York City, followed by engagements as assistant conductor with the opera companies of Kansas City, Lake George and Miami. He moved to Zurich in 1978, where he rapidly rose from coach at the International Opera Studio to assistant chorus-master and conductor at the Zurich Opera House. In 1982, Mr. Aronson began a nine-year appointment as Kapellmeister of the Municipal Theater of Lucerne, where he conducted over forty operas, operettas, and ballets. In addition to appearing as guest conductor in Darmstadt and Stuttgart, he assisted Herbert von Karajan in his Salzburg Festival production of CARMEN. Mr. Aronson joined the music staff of the Vienna State Opera in 1991, and has performed at the keyboard with the Opera both at home and on tour in Tokyo, Jerusalem, and Ravenna. He has also served as guest conductor of the Schönbrunner Schlossorchester in Vienna. In November, 2000, he made his conducting debut with the Vienna State Opera.

A renowned opera coach, Mr. Aronson has worked with many of the world's leading singers, including Walter Berry, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Neil Shicoff, Elina Garanca and Anna Netrebko, to name a few. He has assisted many of the world’s foremost conductors including Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Seiji Ozawa. For over five years, he was the pianist for Riccardo Muti's acclaimed productions of the Mozart-da Ponte operas, and in this capacity participated in two Asian tours with Seiji Ozawa.

David Aronson teaches opera coaching and conducting at the Vienna Conservatory Private University. He has held master classes for over ten years at the University of Miami’s summer music program in Salzburg as well as at the Musica Mallorca Festival, the University of Michigan, Crane School of Music in Potsdam and Manhattan School of Music. An accompanist of international stature, Mr. Aronson has performed numerous recitals throughout Europe, Israel and the United States.

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