Des Moines Symphony/Quad City Symphony - United States
Aaron Williams serves as Principal Percussionist with the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is also Section Percussionist with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra. Prior to these engagements, he served as Principal Percussionist with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra (Mansfield, OH).
Concurrently, Aaron is also an active freelance percussionist. He has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Orchestra Iowa (Cedar Rapids, IA), Buffalo Philharmonic, Toledo Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, West Virginia Symphony, and the New World Symphony, among others.
Additional orchestral engagements have lead Aaron to performances on three other continents. He performed with the Rome Festival Orchestra in Rome, Italy. He toured China with the Oberlin Orchestra, giving concerts in Beijing and Shanghai, among other cities. He also performed with the Orquestra de Professores at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil.
As a soloist, Aaron has performed Áskell Másson’s Konzertstück for Snare Drum and Orchestra with the Firelands Symphony (Sandusky, OH) and Paul Creston’s Concertino for Marimba and Orchestra with the Quincy Symphony (Quincy, IL). During the summer, Aaron performs on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol with the Des Moines Metro Concert Band and has been featured as a soloist with the band.
Having great enthusiasm for contemporary chamber music, Aaron served as Artistic Director and percussionist for “Rhythm Unleashed: The Music of Marc Mellits”, a concert on the Quad City Symphony's Signature Series. In Des Moines, he collaborated with organist Tin-Shi Tam to perform the U.S. premieres of Phaikon 493 by Leander Kaiser and The Shining City by JacobTV.
Aaron resides in Des Moines, IA where he maintains a private teaching studio and is also on the faculty of the Des Moines Symphony Academy. He has a Master of Music degree from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy. His former teachers include Tom Freer, Michael Rosen, John Alfieri, Keith Aleo, and Dr. Donna Bohn.