Composer, guitarist and writer Aaron Grad (b. 1980) merges his rock and jazz roots with his classical training to create music that The Washington Post has described as “inventive and notably attractive.” He majored in jazz guitar at New York University, and for his master’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory he studied composition with Christopher Theofanidis. While a student, Aaron won awards from the ASCAP Foundation in both their classical and jazz competitions. Recent commissions include arrangements for the North Carolina Symphony featuring vocalist Rhiannon Giddens, as well as Strange Seasons, an upcoming concerto for the Seattle Baroque Orchestra that pays tribute to Aaron’s adopted home city of Seattle. As a performer, his greatest joy is playing the electric theorbo that he designed and built himself, as heard in Old-Fashioned Love Songs, a song cycle with countertenor. Aaron also channels his enthusiasm for communicating with audiences into the program notes he writes for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New World Symphony, Seattle Symphony and many other ensembles.