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Introducing Aaron Conitz

Aaron ConitzWhere are you from?

I am originally from Tacoma, Washington.

Are you a current Rice student? If not, what is your association with Rice?

I am currently a second year student in the Doctor of Musical Arts program here at Rice University.

Where and with whom have you previously studied, and who is your current teacher?

I currently study with James Dunham. Prior to Rice University, I attended the Cleveland Institute of Music where I studied with Robert Vernon, Lynne Ramsey, and Jeffrey Irvine.

What or whom are your most important musical influences?

My most important musical influences are the teachers with whom I have studied, particularly a violin teacher I studied with in high school, Edward Seferian.

Ideally where would you like to be in 10 years’ time?

In ten years’ time I would love to be employed as a professional violist and instructor at the collegiate/conservatory level.

Who are your favorite violists and why?

Among many favorites, I love the playing of Tabea Zimmermann and Antoine Tamestit.

Who is the maker of your instrument and bow?

I play on a viola made by Gaetano Gadda in 1953 and an English bow made by William Watson.

If you didn’t play the viola, what instrument would you play?

I would definitely play the bassoon.


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