Aaron Petit Piano  

Classical Pianist, Teacher, and Lecturer 

Aaron Petit, 21, is an American pianist and composer who currently studies with Santiago Rodriguez at the University of Miami: Frost School of Music and Mark Westcott in Portland, Oregon. Having no previous musical instruction, he started learning to play the piano at age 12. His impersonations of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Victor Borge developed his deep interest for the classical composers and repertoire during the first two years of his study.

Aaron has won 7 piano compeitions in the NW including the Seattle Philharmonic Don Bushell Concerto Competition (runner-up), Metro Arts Van Buren Concerto Competition, and the Portland Young Pianists Festival Competition. He has performed with orchestras in Seattle, Portland, Salem, Renton, and Puyallup since making his debut at age 15 with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1. In the 2016-17 season, he performed Chopin's e minor Piano Concerto with musicians of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theater Orchestras with Maestro Niel DePonte.

Aaron's schooling has included Seattle Conservatory of Music and the Colburn School: Young Artists Academy in Los Angeles.
His previous teachers included international concert pianists, Mark Salman in Seattle, Washington and Peter Brownlee in Bend, Oregon. An avid teacher himself, Aaron has taught over 30 full time students over the years as well as given masterclasses throughout the NW United States. 

As a composer, his work for a 5-part chamber ensemble was premiered in October 2018 at the University of Miami. He was commissioned to write the main theme for Luminescence, an indy video game which was featured at the the Portland Retro Gaming Expo that same month. His long term ambition is to help the general public relate to classical music and share the love he has for the arts through teaching, composing, and performing.