Biography

Works by Aaron Holloway-Nahum (b. 1983) have been commissioned and performed across the world by ensembles such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra,HOCKET, the London Sinfonietta, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Chartreuse, duo Harperc and the Atea Wind Quintet. Aaron held the Elliott Carter fellowship at the 2015 Tanglewood Music Center, the 2014 Polonsky Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, and spent 5 weeks living and working in the home of Aaron Copland as a 2014 Copland House Residency Award Winner. Aaron’s music has been further premiered at numerous international festivals including the Aldeburgh Music Festival, Mass MOCA Bang on a CanCheltenhamCarlsbadEtchings, highSCORE, Dartington and Bowdoin Music Festivals.  A number of Aaron’s compositions are published by Cadenza Music and he is currently published by Composers Edition.

Aaron’s work has previously been supported by organisations such as Sound and Music, the Britten Pears Foundation, RVW Trust, Leverhulme Trust and Mary Richmond Concert Society. Upcoming commissions include new works for Ensemble ÉchappéBen Roidl-Ward, Goska Isphording and his first full-length Opera.

Aaron is an active advocate of contemporary music – and especially the music of his fellow generation of composers.  As Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of The Riot EnsembleAaron has conducted more than fifty World and UK premieres.  He writes regularly for publications ranging from New Music Box to Tempo, and reviews for I Care If You Listen.  As a recording and editing engineer, Aaron is a managing director of Coviello Music Productions, and has worked at the Darmstadt Music Festival, and with clients such as the Arditti Quartet, Atea Wind Quintet and soloists such as Claudia Maria Racovicean.

Download Aaron’s current CV and works list.

Towards A Poorer LightA full-length recording project of Aaron’s music at Abbey Road Studios resulted in the CD Towards A Poorer Light, released in 2009 and available from the composer.

Education

Aaron was the first composer to receive aDMus in Composition from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Dec 2012), where he studied with Julian Anderson on a full scholarship from the Leverhulme Trust.  Previously, Aaron received his MMus in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, with Philip Cashian, and his BM in Musical Composition and an Ad-Hoc BM in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University. His primary composition instructors at Northwestern were Augusta Read Thomas, and Dr. Amy Williams, and his primary conducting teachers were Dr. Stephen Alltop and Dr. Mallory Thompson.