Aaron Severini moved to New York when he was fourteen to study dance at the School of American Ballet and music privately. He went on to dance with New York City Ballet (NYCB) prior to being accepted into The Juilliard School where he studied composition with Christopher Rouse for his Bachelor of Music degree and John Corigliano for his Master of Music degree. Click here for more information on Aaron's career with NYCB and his activities as an educator.
Aaron composes music for concert, dance, film, television, and new media. Premieres include “Catch” performed by three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Cory Smythe at Davies Symphony Hall (CA), "Flit of Fury” performed by pianists Steven Beck and Stephen Gosling at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater (NY), String Quartet performed by Han Shi, Sissi Yuqing Zhang, Jeremy Kienbaum, and Kevin Mills at 92nd Street Y, and “Curios” performed by pianist Robert Fleitz at The Music Gallery, Steinway & Sons (FL). Aaron collaborates regularly with choreographers and has composed original scores for New York City Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The Juilliard School, and the New York Choreographic Institute.
Severini's music has been licensed to underscore promotional campaigns for Cartier, Unicef, Squarespace, and MasterCard. He has composed music for films airing on PBS and for multimedia projects including the iPad application Passe-Partout with choreographer/dancer Justin Peck and dancer Daniel Ulbricht.
Awards and honors include The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores – Honorable Mention, the Juilliard Composers’ Orchestra Competition, and the EarShot Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra New Music Readings.
Aaron is currently a recipient of the Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship.