Title: Cellist, Composer, Conductor, Rock Band Leader
Company: Von Cello, Inc.
Location: Mount Kisco, New York, United States
Aaron Minsky, MusM, Cellist at Von Cello, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music performance.
Mr. Minsky, who today is widely recognized as one of the world’s most influential string musicians, was already an accomplished rock guitarist and singer/songwriter when his search for a new guitar sound led him to the cello. His guitar-loving friends could not comprehend his plan for revolutionizing the cello, but undeterred, he became, “Von Cello” and began his mission. Years later, when he formed the first cello fronted rock power trio in history, it was also called “Von Cello.” The band toured the United States, recorded four CDs, and then performed on major radio and television stations. Von Cello continues to perform with famous artists and various rock bands, including his own.
Mr. Minsky received a MusB in 1980 and a MusM in 1981, both from the Manhattan School of Music, and has since performed in numerous orchestras and for celebrities and leaders of the arts and government. In addition to his performance career, Mr. Minsky is a distinguished composer, having published over a dozen music books with Oxford University Press, and whose music is in the syllabuses of the top music adjudication services, and many universities, internationally, and played by thousands of cellists and other instrumentalists year by year. His most famous set of cello pieces, “Ten American Cello Etudes,” was premiered by the composter at the First World Cello Congress, University of Maryland, in 1988. Also a dedicated music educator, Mr. Minsky has given masterclasses, workshops and performances in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. An award-winning member of ASCAP, Mr. Minsky is president of Von Cello, Inc., his publishing, educational, and entertainment company which distributes his most recent compositions through J.W. Pepper.
A Yamaha artist, Mr. Minsky is renowned in the worlds of classical and popular music for pioneering his “celtar” style, which involves playing chords, creating electric-guitar-type feedback sounds using the bow, as well as holding the cello like a guitar and playing with a pick. In 2010, he published, “Dead Cello,” the first classical arrangement of Grateful Dead music ever approved by its publisher. In 2013, he was commissioned by the London Cello Society to compose, “Legends of Cellandia” for cello orchestra, which he conducted at the Royal Academy of Music, London. In 2014, he premiered his concerto for cello and symphony orchestra, “The Conqueror” with the Staten Island Philharmonic, New York. In 2017, he premiered his concerto for cello and string orchestra, “Summer Haze” with the Taranaki Youth Orchestra, New Zealand. In 2018, he gave the premiere of the same with piano accompaniment in Cambridge, UK. Also that year, he gave the premiere of, “Ten Suite Variations on the Bach Cello Suites,” in London. Recently, due to Covid-19 social distancing requirements, Mr. Minksy has had two online premieres: his choral work, “Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh (Holy, Holy, Holy)” with the St. John’s Voices (of Cambridge University) with Aaron Minsky, cellist, and a cello and piano duet entitled, “Mr. ASBO (the Anti-Social Swan)” performed in Moscow by a Russian concert duo. Since then Mr. Minsky has published an arrangement of the Brahms Rhapsody Op. 79, no. 1 (for cello and piano), and is preparing for a new rock cello show. Mr. Minsky and his accomplishments may also be found in the 55th through 58th editions of Who’s Who in America.
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