John Aylward | Director/Composer/Piano
John Aylward is a composer, performer and Ecce’s Artistic Director. His music has been praised for its “brilliant energetic rhythmic figures…imaginative sonorities and harmonies that always move, always inflect” and its “zones of suspended motion and otherworldly calm” (American Academy of Arts and Letters). Aylward’s music is frequently performed within the U.S and abroad by numerous leading ensembles and soloists.
Aylward has been awarded fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, the Koussevitzky Foundation at the the Library of Congress, the Fulbright Foundation (to Germany) and First Prize from the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and many other awards and honors. He has also been awarded fellowships and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Tanglewood, the Aspen Music School, the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. John is Associate Professor of Music Composition at Clark University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is published by Composers Edition and is also an Affiliate Composer at Poco Forte music.