Aaron Minsky
aka Von Cello

Title:  Cellist, Composer, Conductor, Rock Band Leader

Company:  Von Cello, Inc.

Location:  New York, United States


  • Inductee, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement (2018)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who (2001-2004)
  • Listee, International Who’s Who Historical Society (2003)
  • Created the “Cellar” Style of Cello Playing (1975)
  • Recipient, ASCAPLUS Award, American Society of Composers and Publishers (Multiple Years)
  • Invited to become a Yamaha Artist (1999)
  • First of Many Publications with Oxford University Press, “Ten American Cello Etudes” (1988)
  • Gave World Premiere of his “Ten American Cello Etudes” (OUP) at the First World Cello Congress, University of Maryland (1988)
  • Became the Leader of Von Cello, the First Cello-Led Rock Power Trio in History (1999)
  • Gave World Premiere of his “Ten International Cello Encores” (OUP) at Ithaca College (2009)
  • Gave World Premiere of his “Judaic Concert Suite” (OUP) on Manhattan Cable Television (2010)
  • Published the First Classical Arrangements of Grateful Dead Music Ever Approved by their Publisher, Ice Nine, “Dead Cello” (Latham) (2010)
  • First Cellist to Play the National Anthem for a Professional Baseball Game: Staten Island Yankees  – Minor League Team of the New York Yankees (2011)
  • Commissioned by the London Cello Society to Compose, “Legends of Cellandia” – for Cello Orchestra, 5-String Electric Bass and Percussion (2013)
  • Conducted the World Premiere of “Legends of Cellandia” (VC) at the Royal Academy of Music, London (2014)
  • Conducted the Australian Premiere of “Legends of Cellandia” (VC) with 70 cellists, under the auspices of AUSTA, the Australian String Teachers Association, Xavier College, Melbourne (2014)
  • Gave the World Premiere of his “Pop Goes the Cello” (OUP) at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin (2014)
  • Gave World Premiere of his “The Conqueror” – Concerto for Cello and Symphony Orchestra (VC), with the Staten Island Philharmonic (2014)
  • Gave World Premiere of his “Summer Haze” – Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra (VC), with the Taranaki Youth Orchestra, New Zealand (2017)
  • Gave World Premiere of his “Ten Suite Variations on the Bach Solo Cello Suites” (VC) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and Little St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge, UK (2017)


  • MusM, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY
  • MusB, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY

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