A native of South Dakota, Aaron Apaza has held the position of Principal Bassoon with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 2013. Previously, he served as Acting Assistant Principal Bassoon with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for the 2011-2012 season.
Aaron spent his last two years of high school at Michigan's prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studied with the Cleveland Orchestra's Assistant Principal Bassoon Barrick Stees. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and his Master's Degree from Yale University. His teachers include the Philadelphia Orchestra's retired Principal Bassoon Bernard Garfield, and bassoon soloist, chamber musician and educator Frank Morelli.
As a 2001 Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Aaron has performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. After completing his studies at Yale, he was invited to join Miami's New World Symphony, where he performed under the direction of artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas. In 2010, he joined the Colorado Symphony as Acting Assistant Principal Bassoon. He has also played with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony, among others.