John Aylward is a composer of modern classical music. His works are known for their rhythmic vitality, rigorous formal qualities, lyricism, and wit. Aylward is currently an assistant professor at Clark University and has also taught at Brandeis and Tufts universities.
While a Radcliffe fellow, Aylward will compose a new work for the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society and a new work for percussion quartet, which is a commission from Samuel Solomon (Boston University) and Tom Kolor (State University of New York at Buffalo). If time allows, he will work on a piano trio for the cellist Jeremiah Campbell.
Aylward’s debut album—featuring the conductor Matthias Pintscher and the soprano Jo Ellen Miller—was released on Albany Records in summer 2011. Aylward has been awarded a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fulbright grant to Germany, and a composition prize from the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). He has also been awarded fellowships or residencies by the Aspen Music School, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Aylward earned a doctoral degree in music composition and theory from Brandeis University.