Aaron Blick joined the San Diego Symphony’s bass section in June of 2022. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he began his musical studies on the piano at age five. Aaron’s musical interests then shifted to the double bass, and he began formal study at age 14 in both classical and jazz. At 16, he was named a Herb Alpert Emerging Young Artist and was awarded a scholarship by the Herb Alpert Foundation to continue his musical studies in college. Aaron earned his Bachelor of Music Performance Degree in 2018 from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, studying with Andrew Raciti, Associate Principal Bass of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He then returned to his hometown to study with Los Angeles Philharmonic bassist David Allen Moore at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, earning his Master of Music Performance Degree in 2020.

During his summers as a student, Aaron was fortunate to work with some of the world’s most renowned double bassists and pedagogues. He attended Le Domaine Forget Academy for two summers of lessons and masterclasses, where he worked closely with François Rabbath, John Clayton, Paul Ellison, David Allen Moore, Scott Dixon, Etienne LaFrance and Nicholas Walker. Aaron was also invited to attend with orchestral fellowships the Aspen Music Festival, studying with Timothy Pitts, and the Music Academy of the West, studying with Nico Abondolo. While attending Music Academy of the West, Aaron was awarded the Keston MAX Fellowship with the London Symphony Orchestra. As a Keston MAX Fellow, Aaron performed with the LSO under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle during their 2022 residency in Santa Barbara. He was then invited to perform with the LSO again in Fall of 2022 at the Barbican Centre in London, where they recorded Shostakovich’s 11th Symphony and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda.

Aaron has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, the Long Beach Symphony, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Le Salon de Musique chamber series in La Jolla. When not playing bass, Aaron enjoys brewing fine coffee, and playing golf and basketball, as well as following a variety of other sports.

Aaron Blick performs on a modern double bass made by Christopher Savino and bows made by Jean Grunberger and Bernard Walke.