Aiyana Braun (b. 1997) is a composer, conductor, and pianist whose work confronts pressing political and social matters while often drawing upon elements of nature. She believes that in times of adversity, it is important to emulate aspects of the environment around us to ground ourselves as well as be reminded of the inherent beauty of our surroundings which may otherwise go unseen, unheard, and unappreciated.
She is a composer of orchestral, chamber, and vocal music whose orchestral works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic at the age of 15, the New York Youth Symphony, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, and the MusicaNova Orchestra, among others.
Some of her most recent accolades include being selected as a winner of the BMI Student Composer Awards, a winner of the inaugural American Composers Forum “NextNotes” Composition Competition, and being chosen as a Berkeley Sounds Composer Fellow for the Berkeley Symphony’s 2017-18, and 2018-19 Seasons. She was also featured on the National Radio Program “From the Top,” and is regularly featured on episodes of WHYY/PBS’s “On Stage at Curtis.”
Aiyana is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studies under full scholarship as the Edith Evans Braun fellow with Dr. Jennifer Higdon, Dr. David Ludwig, and Dr. Richard Danielpour. Prior to her studies at Curtis, she was a Composition Major in the Juilliard Pre-College Division, was in the New York Youth Symphony’s Composition Program, and taught as a Teaching Artist in the New York Philharmonic’s “Very Young Composers” Program for three years.
Aiyana performed her first composition at the 2008 Marian Anderson awards at the request of Mr. Norman Lear, an event honoring Mr. Norman Lear and Dr. Maya Angelou which took place in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. When having the honor to speak with Dr. Angelou after the event, she expressed, “Your music touched me deeply.”