Aaron Jay Kernis
Aaron Jay Kernis

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Name: Aaron Jay Kernis
Occupation: Composer
Gender: Male
Birth Day: January 15, 1960
Age: 60
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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Aaron Jay Kernis

Aaron Jay Kernis was born on January 15, 1960 in United States (60 years old). Aaron Jay Kernis is a Composer, zodiac sign: Capricorn. Find out Aaron Jay Kernisnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He became in 1998 one of the youngest composers to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for 'Musica Instrumentalis,' which was inspired by String Quartet No. 9's last movement by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Before Fame

He studied music at the San Francisco Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Yale University. His teachers included John Adams, Charles Wuorinen, Bernard Rands, Morton Subotnick, and Jacob Druckman

Biography Timeline


Aaron Kernis found immediate success as a composer when his work Dream of the Morning Sky was premiered in 1983 by the New York Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta conducting. He was only 23 at the time but won unanimous praise for an incident that took place. In an open rehearsal, in front of an audience, Zubin Mehta stopped the orchestra to complain loudly about the vagueness of the score. Rather than being cowed by the strong-willed conductor, Aaron Jay Kernis simply replied, "Just read what's there." The audience applauded young Kernis for sticking up for his work, and within weeks the story received national attention.


Aaron Jay Kernis is one of the most successful composers of his generation, reflected in the many accolades that he has received. He has been honored by ASCAP, BMI, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the New York Foundation of Arts. In 1984 he won the Rome Prize, which enabled him to study in Europe. Kernis received an exclusive five-year recording contract with Argo Records in 1996. In 1998 he won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Music, which recognized his String Quartet No. 2 (musica instrumentalis). Then, in 2002 he won the prestigious University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for Colored Field. Kernis was also commissioned by Disney for his choral symphony Garden of Light for their millennium celebration. Most recently he was awarded the 2012 Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, which allowed him to spend 2013-15 in residence at Northwestern University, and in 2014, he was named Composer in Residence for the 2014–2015 year at Mannes College.


Kernis has received commissions from leading ensembles and soloists around the world. His works have been premiered by the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Renée Fleming, and Joshua Bell among others. He spent two years as composer-in-residence with Astral Artists in Philadelphia. Kernis also wrote Color Wheel in 2001 for the opening of the Philadelphia Orchestra's Kimmel Center.


In 2013, Kernis was inducted in to the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, and he was awarded the A.I. duPont Composers Award from the Delaware Symphony. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he has also been awarded the Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Joseph H. Bearns Prize, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Award.


In 2019, Violin Concerto, composed by Kernis, won Grammy Awards for contemporary classical composition and classical instrumental solo.

Family Life

Aaron was born in Bensalem Township outside of Philadelphia. Aaron fathered two children with his wife, pianist Evelyne Luest.

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