AGE 42 I LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA I UNITED STATES
Aaron Miller is a scholar of East Asia, focusing on the modern history of Korea. This concentration has directed much of his life: his undergraduate and graduate studies at Harvard University; a year teaching English in Korea as a Fulbright Scholar; and now a decade in academic administration (primarily in Asian studies) in positions at the University of California Berkeley, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and, currently, the University of California Los Angeles. In addition to his piano performance training, which includes two years of private lessons at the New England Conservatory, Aaron’s music studies include theory, history, and ethnomusicology—particularly the music of China, Korea, and Southeast Asia. The National YoungArts Foundation is playing a key role in his musical journey; a 1998 finalist, he’s recently been helping facilitate YoungArts programs for young musicians in Los Angeles and Miami. He says that reconnecting with fellow alumni of the program encouraged him to become more active as a collaborative pianist, and—a longtime Cliburn fan—he’s looking to the 2022 Amateur as a reinvigoration of his solo playing.