James Stroud

Classical Guitar Competition


presented by the

Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival®

and hosted by the

Cleveland Institute of Music

Stephen Aron (USA) Classical guitarist Stephen Aron, described by the New York Times as “cultivated and musical,” performs regularly throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. An avid arranger, his work is published by Tuscany Editions (“wonderful guitaristic arrangement,” American Music Teacher), Mel Bay Publications (“historic,” Guitart) and Clear Note Publications (“a book to be ignored at your peril,” Classical Guitar). Clear Note also published several of Mr. Aron’s original compositions (“imaginative, adventurous, effortlessly entertaining,” Classical Guitar). He has released sixteen publications, totaling nearly 700 pages of music. His newest publication, “Three Suites,” features fourteen new original concert works.  

Aron’s recordings have been described as “stunning” (Guitar Review), “superbly produced” (Soundboard), “warmly recommended” (Fanfare) and “inspired” (Classical Guitar). Notably, most of the works on his nine CD’s are either original arrangements, original compositions, or premiere recordings of the works of others. His recordings and publications of thirty Lieder ohne Worte by Felix Mendelssohn and the complete Chopin Mazurkas, both for solo guitar, were industry firsts. He is a dedicated chamber music advocate, and maintains a regular duo with his wife, soprano JoNell Aron, and another with flutist Jane Berkner. He plays frequently with mixed chamber ensembles both traditional and new music. Aron has been a featured guest at most American guitar festivals and university recital series. Recently, he has been featured at guitar festivals in Scotland, Germany, and Italy, and has appeared on recital series across Italy as well as in France and Denmark. 

Aron was Professor of Music at the University of Akron from 1981 until his retirement in 2015; he remains Teacher of Classical Guitar and founder of the classical guitar studies program at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he has taught since 1992. His website's blog is one of the most read classical guitar resources on the web. 

Artist's website: stephenaron.net