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Aaron H.

Guitar Teacher

Aaron is a classical guitarist by trade and a storyteller by nature. A lover of both chamber and solo guitar music, his mission is to share a deep musical understanding and narrative with audiences and students alike. After having only begun learning classical guitar as a sophomore in college, he developed a strong passion for the instrument and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Skidmore College in 2011. His senior recital was subsequently nominated for the Periclean Scholar’s Award. Afterwards, he moved to Milan, Italy to study with the Italian virtuoso Lorenzo Micheli at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. During this time, he also participated in masterclasses by international artists such as Pavel Steidl, Massimo Lonardi, and Adriano del Sal. In 2013, he was awarded a Teaching Assistantship to study at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned his Master’s in Music. There, studying under guitarist Nicolò Spera, he began teaching classical guitar to college-level students and gained a sturdy pedagogical framework for teaching the instrument. Aaron’s passion for Art Song was also cultivated here, and he now coaches and performs regularly with singers. Earlier this year, in fact, he was invited to perform on stage in a production of Béatrice et Bénédict with the USC Thornton Opera. In 2015, Aaron returned to Italy and spent three weeks studying with world-renowned guitarist and teacher Oscar Ghiglia at the prestigious Accademia Chigiana in Siena. That same year, he began studying at USC to pursue his DMA with William Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Here, he was again awarded a Teaching Assistantship, and in addition to teaching students of USC, he also teaches with the Thornton Outreach Program, sharing music with schools in the local community. Aaron is also perfectly fluent in Italian.