Violin & Viola
Aaron Westman was a metal-head growing up in Sonoma County. He now plays the electric guitar of the 17th-century. Described as a “brilliant virtuoso violinist” (—Early Music America), Aaron is equally active on violin and viola. Since 2005, he has performed as a chamber, principal player, or soloist with most of the major historical performance ensembles on the West Coast, and toured extensively throughout the world. As a principal player, Aaron works regularly with American Bach Soloists, Archetti, Ars Minerva, Bach Collegium San Diego, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Musica Angelica, New Hampshire Music Festival, Pacific Music Works, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (since 2006), and he has played with Hip Hop Orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and toured extensively with Orchester Wiener Akademie, frequently with the actor John Malkovich.
Aaron co-directs the chamber ensemble Agave, which recently signed with Schwalbe & Partners artist management. Agave has recorded six albums––their last three focus on historically excluded repertoire and feature the star countertenor Reginald L. Mobley. Early Music America said about their 2018 release, Peace In Our Time, “The really impressive thing about this album is its emotional wallop,” and SF Classical Voice called out Aaron as “expressive and virtuosic on solo violin.” Their latest release, American Originals, features all composers of color, and is their first collaboration with the Acis Productions label. Aaron is also Associate Director of the Live Oak Baroque Orchestra, which performs regularly at Schroeder Hall, and violist in the Sylvestris Quartet, which will continue its residency at Hawaii Performing Arts Festival in the Summer of 2022.
Aaron holds degrees from the Indiana University School of Music and Wesleyan University. His principal teachers were Stanley Ritchie, Geraldine Walther, Alan de Veritch, Theodore Arm, and Elizabeth Blumenstock. Aaron is currently on faculty at Mills College, and in the Fall of 2021, he will join the inspiring faculty of Sonoma State University, where he has previously guest taught a number of times. Aaron also directs the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, teaches in Italy each summer at Music Adventure, and taught for three years at California Institute of the Arts.