John Aylward is a composer and pianist whose music has garnered awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters (both a Goddard Lieberson Award and a Walter Hinrichsen Award), the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress, the Fromm Music Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation (Germany), the DAAD (residency in Berlin) MacDowell, Tanglewood, the International Society for Contemporary Music, and many others. He has been described by The Boston Globe as “A composer of wide intellectual curiosity”, who summons “textures of efficient richness, delicate and deep all at once.”
Having spent over a decade teaching and performing internationally at the Etchings Festival for Contemporary Music, Aylward’s music is in abundant dialogue with the contemporary aesthetics being explored around the world and is also deeply influenced by a second love of literature. Aylward’s work has been performed internationally by a range of ensembles and soloists, and his own ensemble, Ecce, has often served as a laboratory for his larger projects to take shape.
Aylward’s music is published by Poco Forte and Peters Edition. Recordings of his work can be found on Albany and New Focus Recordings. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.