Born in Michigan and raised near Seattle, Aaron Van Heyningen first came to New York City to attend college at NYU. Although he briefly left for graduate school, he came back as quickly as he could.
“My mother was a chemistry instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy, so I have been around classical music since I was six weeks old. For some reason I got it in my head that I wanted to play violin, and when I was five, I had to pester my parents for six months before they finally signed me up for lessons,” says Aaron as he reflects on his musical beginning.
Aaron is open to teaching students ages four through adult, likes to “break down each step in the student’s development to very small bite-sized pieces that will eventually add up to much bigger accomplishments. I believe it's my job to teach students to love music, and I just happen to use the violin as a means to get there.”
Brahms and Mahler top his list of favorite composers, and although he loves playing in orchestra, his passion is chamber music. “Music is always more fun when we can enjoy making it with others. It's fortunate that one could study several lifetimes before running out of this repertoire.”
Besides his musical pursuits, Aaron enjoys spending time with his fiancée and their two dogs, and exploring his other passion of photography.