Aaron Merritt enjoys a varied career of teaching and performing. He is Professor of Cello at Miami’s New World School of the Arts (of which he is also an alumnus), presents educational performances with the Miami Music Project, and plays in numerous area ensembles including the Miami Symphony, Florida Grand Opera Orchestra, Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, the Firebird Chamber Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic and the Sona String Quartet.
Mr. Merritt returned to his native Miami Beach as a member of the New World Symphony in 2004, working under Michael Tilson Thomas. He holds his Master of Music Degree from Rice University where he studied with Lynn Harrell and his Bachelor of Music Degree from Indiana University where he studied with Emilio Colón, Helga Winold and Janos Starker.
Mr. Merritt has won competitions held by the New World Symphony, Florida Philharmonic and Boca Raton Symphonic Pops and was awarded a fellowship by the National Federation of Music Clubs to study at the Aspen Music Festival. He performed at festivals in Austria and the Netherlands, has taught at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp in Vermont, and currently performs at the Colorado Music Festival during the summer months.