New CD!!!  Naxos American Classics CD Release Date: 30th of August, 2011.

JAMES AIKMAN Venice of the North Concerti

Violin Concerto: Lines in Motion
Aniaís Song: A Pavane for String Orchestra
Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
Taimur Sullivan, Alto Saxophone
Charles Wetherbee, Violin
St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Lande, Conductor

About the Recording
Naxos Listing of the Recording with Artist Biographies
2011 Reviews and Interviews

Teaching and Service:  James Aikman is Director of Composition for the San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival. Composition students will have their works played on two Rising Star Concerts within the festival, and will have their music read and recorded by the professional string quartets in residence! Composer and bassist Marc Satterwhite is Coordinating Director of the overall Advanced Music and Composition Program. The Parker Quartet, Miro String Quartet, and Henschel Quartet will also be in residence, with all giving masterclasses and multiple performances of music!

Film Music:  Dordrecht verzamelt (‘Dordrecht collects art’)  a 2010 Dutch film/documentary by Annemarie Strijbosch on the city of Dordrecht and the Dordrecht artists of Holland.  Premiere: November 22, 2010

Ania’s Song: A Pavane for String Orchestra, was performed and recorded by the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony, Vladimir Lande, conducting.  Recording soon to be released.  The piece will be heard in a performance by the Plymouth Canton Symphony Orchestra, Nan Washburn, Conducting, on February 13, 2011.  Information on this concert can be found by clicking:

Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (2010) was premiered and recorded featuring Taimur Sullivan, saxophone, with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony, Vladimir Lande, conducting, St. Petersburg, June/July 2010.  Recording soon to be released.

Violin Concerto: Lines in Motion (2009) received its US Premiere during the 64th American Music Festival of the National Gallery of Art featuring Charles Wetherbee, violin with the National Gallery Orchestra led by Vladimir Lande.  The violin concerto was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, and for the Grawemeyer Award,by the National Gallery of Art.  Recording soon.

Premiere 2009: "Some Things I Love"
For Male and Female Soloists, Chorus and String Orchestra
Based on poems of The Thirty-Ninth President of the United States and Nobel Laureate,
Jimmy Carter: Always A Reckoning and Other Poems
Times Books, New York ISBN 0-8129-2434-7
Copyright 1995 Random House

This is music inspired by seven poems of Jimmy Carter. The performing forces are new-Handelian, chosen precisely for the unity and variety that voices and strings offer. President Carter's poems provide further unique views this remarkable man and his rich life experience have offered us. From a purely lovely tribute to his wife, Rosalynn, to the knowledge acquired long ago that everything in life must be in balance - in art, in politics, in friendship, in considering what has been created and why - President Carter's work glows with intense and passionate caring. His poems speak to me as has his lifetime of service to his fellow human beings throughout the world. This inspires, brings extraordinary hope, and sets the bar higher for all of us who contemplate the stewardship and responsibilities the gift of life presents.

Some Things I Love (2007) for Solo Voices, Chorus and String Orchestra
World Premiere
Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Chorale
Lawrence Golan, Conductor
Catherine Sailer, Chorale Conductor
May 28, 2009
7:30 PM
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 East Iliff Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

James Aikman’s new Violin Concerto (2009),
will be premiered by Charles Wetherbee on June 21, 2009, in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Lande, principal guest conductor, at the Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. The concerto will subsequently be professionally recorded by Mr. Wetherbee, Maestro Lande and the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.

James Aikman Interview with Leslie Bassett
Click here to read James' Discussion on orchestration with Leslie Bassett.

James Aikman Radio Broadcasts 2008
The station Kol HaMusica (The Voice of Music), a part of the IBA (Israel broadcast assoc.) 91.3 on your fm dial in Jerusalem area… for example. The national Israeli classical radio station is available online at

  • James Whitton Aikman – Piano Quintet
    March 3rd, 2008, 11:00AM; Duration: 28 Minutes; from the White Sunday Light CD
  • James Whitton Aikman – Fantasy for Violin and Electronics; Davis Brooks, Violin
    April 21st, 2008, 10:20AM; Duration: 7:30; from the Tremors From A Far Shore CD
  • James Whitton Aikman – 3rd Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Alexander Kerr, Violin and Lisa Leonard, Piano
    Mon, Aug 18th 2008 at around 11:10 am, from the Tremors From A Far Shore CD

February 14, 2008, approx. 11:00PM, WICR 88.7, Indianapolis
James Aikman –
  • Trio for clarinet, cello, and piano (David Bellman, Ingrid Fischer Bellman, Richard Ratliff)
    from the White Sunday Light CD.
  • Habanera, from Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano (Hidetaro Suzuki, Zeyda Ruga Suzuki)
    fro.5 the White Sunday Light CD

Other 2008 Performances
Postlude for Organ (2008), Commissioned by Gregory Hamilton
  • Diocese of Houston; Sugar Land, TX; March 23, 2008
  • Ann Arbor Composers New Music Festival; Gregory Hamilton, Organ
  • St. Thomas Church; Ann Arbor, MI; April 19, 2008; Alan Knight, Organ
  • Diocese of Houston; Sugar Land, TX; May 2, 2008; Gregory Hamilton, Organ

House Music for Uncle Don (2008)
in memoriam, Donald Erb
World Premiere, 8:00 PM, Thursday Evening, October 2nd, 2008
Lilly Hall
Butler University
4600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220

House Music for Uncle Don is my tribute to a man who will always mean much to me, as an inspiringly dedicated composer, musician, teacher, mentor and colleague. It is an electro-acoustic music collage, for a giant of inventive American music, a pioneer of orchestrational discoveries and for one who advocated the inclusion of electronic music and included it in his own works. My tribute includes fragments of a recorded interview on orchestration, and music in general, that I was graced to conduct with the master, Donald James Erb.

Tempus Fugit for Orchestra (2008)
World Premiere
Plymouth Symphony Orchestra
Nan Harrison Washburn, Conductor
November 8, 2008
8:00 PM
Ward Presbyterian Church
40000 8 Mile Road
Northville, Michigan 48168

Tempus Fugit was commissioned by The Plymouth Symphony of Michigan, Nan Harrison Washburn, Music Director and Conductor. The piece addresses the temporal issue of time's passing in musical terms., but then, so does all music....

Ania's Song: A Pavane for String Orchestra
Premieres November 15, 2006
Kenneth Kiesler, Conductor
Michigan Chamber Orchestra
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor Michigan

Aikman Music LLC is created: Summer, 2006

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