Faculty: Aaron Picht (conductor)

pichtAaron Picht joined the faculty at Temple Music Prep in 2003. He is the conductor of the Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Baroque Orchestra at The Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Mr. Picht and the Youth Chamber Orchestra participated in the Harpa International Music Festival in Reykjavik as part of a tour to Iceland in June, 2015. Mr. Picht received Bachelor’s of Music degree from the Boston University School of Fine Arts where he studied viola with Walter Trampler and chamber music with Eugene Lehner. His principal teacher and primary pedagogical influence, however was George Neikrug, a long-time student and disciple of the legendary Demetrius Dounis. Mr. Picht began his professional career in 1975 with the Boston Musica Viva, a small ensemble dedicated to performing and recording the works of living composers. As a member of that group, Mr. Picht toured and performed at a variety of concert venues including the Longy School of Music, the 92nd Street YMHA, Lincoln Center, the Baltimore Chamber Music Society, the ISCM Festival-Boston and the Holland Festival in 1976. He also recorded for CRI, Delos and Nonesuch, BBC-London and the Hessicher Rundfunk with the Boston-based group. Mr. Picht has been a featured artist with the Group for Contemporary Music, Music New to New York, the Fromm Foundation Concerts, and the Omnibus Concert Series. He has performed chamber music with artists such as Leonard Shure, Robert Koff, Donald Weilerstein, Leon Kirchner, Scott Nickrenz, Larry Lesser, Chloe Owen, John Heiss and Doriot Dwyer. Mr. Picht has given solo recitals at the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, WGBH, Emerson College, the University of Massachusetts and the Library at Lincoln Center to name a few. He currently teaches at The Philadelphia School where he conducts The Sandra Dean String Ensemble.

“….. such was the eloquence of Picht’s playing that silence seemed the only appropriate response.” Richard Dwyer, Boston Globe, October 13, 1976

“…… serving mainly as a showcase for the beautiful viola playing of Aaron Picht.” Tim Page, New York Times, October 21, 1984