Artist Associate of Applied Music
M.M. University of Massachusetts
Born in Paris, France, (1985) Saxophonist Aaron Stewart has appeared in the United States and abroad on the traditional concert stage and in unconventional spaces including ancient Roman ruins in central France, cathedrals, contemporary art museums, and North Philadelphia warehouses. Other venues include the International Saxophone Symposium in Washington, D.C., The Kimmel Center, Field Concert Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Holywell Music Hall at Oxford University, The Kitchen, NYC, and Carnegie Hall. Mr. Stewart has been involved in classical and contemporary music performances in Philadelphia since 2007, and has performed with various ensembles at The Curtis Institute, Symphony in C, NJ, as well as being called as saxophonist for The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has devoted much of his artistic energy to premiering new works and collaborating with internationally acclaimed composers and has established himself as one of the most sought-after contemporary saxophonists in Philadelphia. His playing can also be heard on Albany Records. Most recently Mr. Stewart has appeared as soloist for Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, Bowerbird events, and is a founding member of the Arcana New Music Ensemble whose last few performances have been announced as Arts Sections top picks by the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and reviewed by the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Arcana’s Julius Eastman retrospective performance at The Kitchen was listed in the New York Times’ Best Classical Music Performances of 2018. Mr. Stewart is also a recipient of a Tuttle Creative Residency (2019) at Haverford College.
In 2013 Aaron Stewart completed his Master of Music degree in saxophone performance as student and graduate teaching assistant to Lynn Klock at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and taught for the Five College Consortium in the western Massachusetts Pioneer Valley. His teachers also include Gilles Tressos, Christophe Bois, and Marshall Taylor. Along with coaching saxophone quartets and soloists, Mr. Stewart currently teaches woodwinds for the School District of Philadelphia and is professor of saxophone at Rutgers University, Camden, NJ.