Aaron Larget-CaplanBoston, MA
Noted for his “astounding technical proficiency and artistic delicacy” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer, classical guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan is an international recording and touring artist. He has premiered over 80 compositions, and utilizes many of his own arrangements of music by Bach, Scarlatti, Hahn and Spanish composers. His arrangements of John Cage are exclusively published by Edition Peters and include ‘Six Melodies’ for violin & guitar (2015), ‘Piano Music Arranged for Guitar’ (2017), and ‘Bacchanale’ for prepared guitar duo (2019). These are the first officially sanctioned arrangements of Cage for guitar. Aaron has four critically acclaimed solo recording: Tracing a wheel on water (2006), New Lullaby (2010), The Legend of Hagoromo (2015), and John. Cage. Guitar. (2018), and he is featured as a soloist and chamber music on four other albums for Albany, Navona, and American Composers Alliance record labels. In 2015 he became a Stone Records artists: the first guitarist and American featured on the British label.
Aaron is the founder of numerous commissioning and performance endeavors including the New Lullaby Project: a 21st century commissioning and recording endeavor that asks composers to write classical miniatures in the genre of a lullaby for guitar solo. Since 2007 he has premiered 55 new lullabies by 50 different composers from six countries. He is also collaborating with composer Vineet Shende for his Carnatic Preludes, After J.S. Bach, a re-imagining of Bach preludes from the Well-Tempered Clavier in a South Indian style, paired with Aaron’s arrangements of the original for guitar.
Aaron has received numerous awards and grants for his performances, commissions and for bringing music into communities, including American Composers Forum, Massachusetts Cultural Council, New England Foundation For the Arts, D’Addario Foundation and many more. In 2019 Aaron received the Médaille D’Etain from the Socièté Académique Arts-Sciences-Lettres of Paris, France for his trailblazing work in music.
Born in Oklahoma, raised in Colorado and living in Boston, Aaron is a graduate of New England Conservatory. He is on the Performing Arts faculty at the University of Massachusetts, and formerly at the Boston Conservatory. He plays a guitar by the French master luthier Olivier Fanton d’Andon, and he loves espresso.
Concert Champêtre by Thomas L. Read
Concert Champêtre (2013) by Thomas L. Read
Anton Andreev, cello & Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar
CONCERT CHAMPÊTRE was composed in 2013 for Aaron Larget-Caplan.
The first performance was given by Aaron Larget-Caplan and Anton Andreev on May 22, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The initial concept of my duet emerged with recollection of two famous paintings: Le Concert Champêtre, c. 1509, by Titian, and Et in Arcadia Ego, 1639, by Nicolas Poussin. The music is cast in three interconnected movements played without pause. – Thomas L. Read
Night Transfigured – Preview Video
Balancing over 20 composers in a project is a challenge, especially when some of the music has been performed a dozen times and other have not yet been premiered.
I sought to demonstrate the success, breadth of language and on going impact of the endeavor.
The opening-closing music are New Lullaby Project commissions by Ken Ueno and Kota Nakamura from the 2015 Stone Records recording ‘the legend of Hagoromo’.
The clips feature contrapuntal, minimalist, scordatura and quartertone.
John. Cage. Guitar.
The first guitar recording dedicated to the music of John Cage.
Guitar solos, guitar-violin, prepared guitar duo
Issued by Stone Records, November 2018
All arrangements by Aaron Larget-Caplan and published by Edition Peters