Aaron Barnden is a violinist who has been performing professionally since 1998, in Melbourne and internationally. He studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (receiving the Westpac Scholarship for most promising student) and the Victorian College of the Arts (completing his Bachelor of Music in 1997). He participated as a student in the Advanced Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music in 1999 and and received his Master of Music (Performance) from the University of Melbourne in 2001.
Aaron has worked with a number of orchestras, including Orchestra Victoria, the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany) and the Australian Philharmonic, and is currently on contract with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He has taught violin at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary College and is currently teaching at Melbourne Polytechnic. Apart from his background in traditional classical repertoire, Aaron has studied keyboard improvisation (at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Alan Slater and privately with Andrea Keller in Melbourne) and performs in bands specialising in a variety of genres, such as Tango, Fado, Mariachi and various other contemporary styles. Within Melbourne’s new music scene, he has worked with ensembles such as Arcko, Astra and the Silo String quartet, with whom he performed at Carnegie Hall in 2008.