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Violinist Aaron Boyd enjoys a versatile career as an established chamber musician, soloist and teacher.  Currently serving as the Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony, Mr. Boyd has been heard in concert across the United States, Europe and Asia.  As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Beaux Arts Trio, the Juilliard, Guarneri and Orion Quartets, Phillippe Entremont, Mitsuko Uchida, Anner Bylsma, Kim Kashashian, Mark Peskanov and Gerard Poulet.  Mr. Boyd has played as a member of the Metamorphosen, Prometheus and Orpheus chamber orchestras and toured internationally as a member of the Sejong Soloists.  Mr. Boyd has participated in the Marlboro, Tanglewood, Fontainbleau, IMS Prussia Cove and La Jolla festivals and has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions including the Klein Violin Competition, the Tuesday Music Society and the Pittsburgh Concert Society.

Mr. Boyd’s passionate interest in contemporary music has led to numerous premiers in concert and on record, including Milton Babbitt’s 6th String Quartet and Babbitt’s Clarinet Quintet.  Mr. Boyd is currently first violinist and a founding member of the Zukofsky Quartet, Quartet-In-Residence at New York’s Bargemusic series.

With interests ranging beyond the classical genre, Mr. Boyd has played and recorded in collaboration with jazz legend Dick Hyman, chanteuse Badomi DeCesare, and appeared in concert on the mandolin with flutist Paula Robison.  Recent season highlights include an appearance on Lincoln Center’s “Great Performers” series with violinist Midori, the premier of David Gommper’s Violin Concerto with the Manhattan Sinfonietta, and, at the invitation of Columbia University and the University of Chicago, the Zukofsky Quartet presented all of Milton Babbitt’s String Quartets in one concert.

Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Boyd began his studies at the age of 7 with Samuel LaRocca and Eugene Phillips and graduated from The Juilliard School where he studied with Sally Thomas and coached extensively with Harvey Shapiro and Paul Zukofsky.  As a recording artist, Mr. Boyd can be heard on the Tzadik, Furious Artisans, North/South and Naxos labels.

Mr. Boyd serves on the violin faculties of Columbia University and the University of Arizona and plays a violin crafted in 1995 by Samuel Zygmuntowicz.