David Aronson

David Aronson portrait
Distinguished Artist in Residence
11-15 August 2014

A native of New York, the conductor and pianist David Aronson holds degrees from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam (New York) and Manhattan School of Music.

He began his career as a freelance 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, Stuttgart, and Aix-en-Provence, he assisted Herbert von Karajan in his production of CARMEN at the Salzburg Festival. Mr. Aronson was a guest conductor of the Schönbrunner Schlossorchester in Vienna and made his conducting debut with the Vienna State Opera in November, 2000. As a member of that opera company’s music staff since 1991, he has also performed at the keyboard both in Vienna and on tour in Tokyo, Jerusalem, and Ravenna. A sought-after opera coach, Mr. Aronson has worked with many of the world’s leading singers, including Walter Berry, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, 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.

A faculty member at the Vienna Conservatory Private University, Mr. Aronson has given master classes for over ten years at the University of Miami’s summer music program in Salzburg. His master classes are increasingly in demand, with invitations from 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 in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Cyprus and the United States.

Updated:  12 June 2013/Responsible Officer:  Head, School of Music/Page Contact:  Development Officer