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James Aikman

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James Aikman


James Aikman (b. 1959, Indianapolis, Ind.) is an American composer and educator.

Composing what has become a significant body of substantial individual musical statements, James Aikman first came to the international stage during his graduate school days at Indiana University. Post-graduate, James Aikman earned a Fulbright in Amsterdam then a fellowship at The University of Michigan, where he serves on the faculty. Principal teachers include Michael Schelle, Earle Brown, Frederick Fox, Donald Erb, Harvey Sollberger and Louis Andriessen.

Dr. Aikman has a distinguished catalogue of music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, voice, and electronics. It has been heard at prestigious festivals and venues, including Amsterdam's Gaudeamus Musicweek, France’s Festivals International de Musique, London's Wigmore Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, the OJAI Festival in Los Angeles, Tanglewood, Merkin Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

Notable honors and awards for his music include those from The American Music Center; ASCAP; Indiana University; Groupe de Musique Experimentale de Bourges, France; The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM National Award, New York 2000); The League of American Orchestras’ American Repertoire Project; The University of Michigan; G. Shirmer’s American Art Song Competition Winner; and The Fulbright Program, among others.

Many extraordinary musicians, including Dawn Upshaw, Gilbert Kalish, Alexander Kerr, Taimur Sullivan, Charles Wetherbee, and Joshua Bell, have performed Aikman’s music. His larger works have been played by the New World Symphony in Miami, The University of Michigan Symphony Band, The Michigan Chamber Symphony, and The National Gallery Orchestra.

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