Aaron Fruchtman was born in Los Angeles, California where he began studying the piano at age 3. Aaron received his Bachelor’s degree in composition from Berklee College of Music where he was awarded the Symphony Hall Composer Award. Aaron continued his studies with an Advanced Studies Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from the University of Southern California. While at USC, Aaron had the privilege of studying with renowned composers David Raksin, Christopher Young, Joe Harnell, and David Spear.
Aaron composed scores for Amber Benson’s (best known for her role as Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) first two feature films: Chance, winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Sidewalk Film Festival, and Lovers, Liars, and Lunatics. Following their film collaborations, Aaron produced and arranged Amber’s vocal debut on the album You Are Light. Fruchtman was commissioned to write The Journey, a four-movement composition for narrator, chorus, and orchestra. This grand piece, written for the New York City Master Chorale, tells the historic tale of settlers migrating across the Oregon Trail to the Pacific Ocean. Under the direction of Artistic Director Thea Kano, the New York City Master Chorale premiered The Journey on May 31, 2009 at Lincoln Center. Academy Award-nominated actor Bruce Dern performed the narrator role.
Aaron is currently working on several choral pieces that will be premiered in early 2011.
Aaron wrote two pieces as a Helfman fellow which were performed at the Shabbat Shira, New Perspectives on Jewish Music event which took place on January 21, 2011:
Performed by VBS choir; Piano