Aaron Chew

Developing Musicians Program Theory and Aural Skills Coordinator
Open School



Aaron commenced his PhD in August 2017 at The Australian National University School of Music, studying under Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky AO and learning piano performance from Wendy Lorenz.  He was recently awarded the Fellowship of Music Australia (FMUSA) and was First Prize Winner and joint-People's Choice Prize of the Whitworth Roach Classical Music Competition (2017).
He graduated with a Master of Music (Advanced) degree with Honours at the ANU in July 2016, and received a University Medal for his Masters degree.  Aaron completed his Bachelor of Music in 2014, majoring in Piano Performance and Psychology. Some of his tertiary awards and scholarships include the Margaret Smiles Accompaniment Prize, the Iman Nassir Piano Performance Prize and the Dennis Griffin National Piano Masters Scholarship in 2016. Highlights of his pre-tertiary music studies included performances at the Sydney Opera House, as part of the HSC Encore in 2009 and 2012.

In 2016, Aaron was invited to perform in the Canberra International Music Festival as a Young Artist. He recorded a CD of Larry Sitsky’s Piano Sonata No.4 ‘Sufi Path’, received a grant from the ANU Friends of the School of Music and was offered a work-study scholarship from the Golandsky Institute to participate and perform in the 2016 Summer Symposium in Princeton University, USA.  Aaron has collaborated with numerous artists, including David Pereira, Dave Eggar, Chris Latham, Louise Page, Peter Tregear, Arnan Wiesel, and Larry Sitsky.

Aaron is currently a member of the ACT Keyboard Association and the Klavier Music Association. He is a competitive runner who raises money for charity.  

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