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Born in Lethbridge, Aaron Au was a first violinist for many years with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a sessional lecturer of viola at the University of Alberta. He appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts across North America and Europe. Aaron is also privileged to be a pastor at Avenue Church in the Alberta Avenue neighbourhood in Edmonton. He and his wife April are greeted with the daily adventures and discoveries that come with having two young, energetic and curious boys, Ethan and Elijah. Aaron is thrilled for the opportunity to engage with CKUA’s classical music audience.

When Aaron serves as a fill-in host on Saturday Breakfast, Sunday Breakfast, or Classic Examples, he hopes to share music that provides us with the beauty and hope that we crave but that also gives us space for lament and reflection, which we need from time to time. He wants the music to be accessible to a broad audience, and support a sense of community.

What are three go-to songs that inspire Aaron?
"Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet in c minor, 3rd movement" by Andante
"Baby Beluga" by Raffi (or whatever else my 2 young boys have on repeat at the moment...)
"Jurassic Park Theme" by John Williams (or almost any other of his theme songs or marches)



What is an interesting detail you might not know about Aaron?
"Pavarotti almost ran me over in a golf cart backstage at a concert."