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Meet Aaron Au, a new addition to CKUA’s on-air line-up!

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This Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 6:00 to 8:00 AM (MT), CKUA proudly introduces Aaron Au, a new addition to our on-air community!

Born in Lethbridge, he 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 on both violin and viola in concerts across Canada, the U.S., Cuba, and Europe. He holds a DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts – in other words, a PhD) from the UofA and studied for a year at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Even with this thorough background as a performing musician, Aaron is thrilled for the opportunity to engage with CKUA’s classical music audience.

We asked Aaron to answer five questions so that we could learn even more about him!

Read more below!

How old were you when you started playing the violin? 
I was four! That was a long time ago and the only thing I think I remember was being scared of my teacher’s beard.

What led you to consider broadcasting? 
As a young violinist growing up in Lethbridge, public radio was my gateway to the wide world of classical music. So when I was approached with the incredible opportunity of becoming a classical music host with CKUA, I jumped at the chance!

Who is your favourite classical composer? 
This is such a difficult question! For me it really can depend on the day or the season but one composer who is always there for me is Johannes Brahms. The beauty and authenticity of his music seem to fit every season of life!

What do you like to do when you’re not working? 
Apart from raising two energetic and creative boys with my lovely wife April, I enjoy food, board games and playing hockey (with a focus on not injuring myself too badly.)

What can we expect from your programs when you host? 
I’m hoping 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. I’m also hoping that through the stories I share, the music will be accessible to a broad audience and that a sense of community is formed as we enjoy our time together.