Aaron VanderWeele is the 2007 International Euphonium Player of the Year—the third American to ever receive that prestigious recognition.
VanderWeele joined the euphonium faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts in September 2013. He is also the euphonium instructor at New Jersey City University. In addition to teaching positions, Aaron is the principal euphonium of the Princeton Brass Band—recently crowned North American Champions in March 2013. He is also a member of the New York Tuba Quartet with Alan Baer (New York Philharmonic), DerekFenstermacher (New Jersey Symphony Orchestra) and Jason Ham (West Point Band).
Steven Mead, professional euphonium soloist and professor of euphonium at the Royal Northern College of Music, says about Aaron:
“His skill as both a performer and teacher make him, in my eyes, one of the most important leaders of the low brass world in the whole of the USA. He is a master musician who clearly is able to communicate his craft to aspiring performers.”
For sixteen years VanderWeele was the distinguished euphonium soloist of the world famous New York Staff Band. He has toured the world and performed in esteemed venues including Carnegie Hall with Elton John and Lincoln Center with the Canadian Brass & Principal Brass of the New York Philharmonic. Solo performances include Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Philips Arena. Recently he has given master classes at the Boston Conservatory of Music, Montclair State University and John J. Cali School of Music; plus he was an adjunct faculty instructor of euphonium at Nyack College.
His extensive discography includes solo performances on twenty-three professional recordings and four solo recordings: Aaron VanderWeele Down Under ( 1994); Air ‘N Variations (2003); Aaron VanderWeele & David DawsLive in Oslo (2006) and Panache (2008).
The Brass Herald Magazine said about his latest solo recording, Panache:
“The complete mastery of the euphonium that Aaron VanderWeele displays throughout this recording means that the listener is able to forget about technique and all such physical matters—one can just sit back and listen to the sheer music being performed.”
David Childs, Professional Euphonium Soloist and Professor of Euphonium at the Royal Welsh College said:
“Aaron VanderWeele is a euphonium virtuoso of glowing sonority. With a phenomenal technique, equaled by intuitive musicality, it is not surprising that Aaron is a well-respected euphonium ambassador and pedagogue on both sides of the Atlantic.”