Aaron Israel Levin


Aaron Israel Levin writes music that is guided by the emotional dynamism of storytelling and drama. He draws from a variety of musical and non-musical influences – including film, theater, and performance art – to create compositions that are both personal and wide-ranging. Aaron’s music has been performed by the Bent Frequency Duo, Fifth House Ensemble, loadbang, the Yale Philharmonia, mezzo-sopranos Kayleigh Butcher and Lisa Neher, and percussionists Dmitrii Nilov and Sam Um.

Passionate about collaboration, Aaron frequently works with artists from different mediums. He has collaborated multiple times with playwright Christopher Gabriel Nuñéz, and has developed projects with projection designer Johnny Moreno, and choreographers Celeste Miller and Mary Gwin. Upcoming projects include a mono-opera based on the 2nd century poem Ornithogonia – a predecessor to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, about transformations of humans into birds – with the soprano and double bass duo Confluss, and an auxiliary percussion suite for Michael Barranco. This summer, Aaron will attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival where he’ll work with composers Derek Bermel, Steven Mackey, and Melinda Wagner.

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Aaron earned his BA in music from Grinnell College in Iowa, where he studied composition with Eric McIntyre and John Rommereim. He received his MM in composition from the Yale School of Music this past May, where his teachers included Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, Hannah Lash, and Christopher Theofanidis.