B I O G R A P H Y
FEATURED BY ASCAP as a “Composer to Watch,” Aaron Kenny is a composer for Concert hall, Stage and Screen. Award-nominated and award-winning for his work, some of his accolades include the Australian Young Composer of the Year award and a prestigious nomination for the Zurich Film Music Competition’s Award for Best Score. Currently in the position of Music Assistant to Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty And The Beast,” “Aladdin”), Aaron is also a selected composer participating in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
His most recent film work can be found in the Australian psychological thriller feature film “Crushed,” set in a winery in regional New South Wales. He also scored the Australian Academy Award nominated short film “Welcome to Iron Knob,” Best Original Score Nominee (for the Kilda Film Festival 2012) short film “Moth,” as well “A Mighty Nice Man” (Best Picture winner of the Columbia University Film Festival, recipient of the HBO Development Award, and premiering at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival).
For his work in Musical Theatre, Aaron has most recently collaborated with numerous lyricists and book-writers through the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. The Workshop is known for it’s many illustrious alumni, including Oscar and Tony Winner Bobby Lopez and Tony winner Stephen Flaherty. His theatrical writing debuted Off-Broadway in 2016 with the musical "On Your Mark!", a contemporary adaptation of "The Tortoise and the Hare". In 2012 he also was selected for the inaugural ASCAP Foundation’s Broadway Conductors Program, made possible by the bequest of Marvin Hamlisch.
A graduate from the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music with Honors in Composition, he also graduated from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School with a Diploma in Screen Music. Aaron most recently received his Masters in Music Composition from the Steinhardt School at New York University, where he was also a recipient of both the Steinhardt and Alan Menken Scholarships.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
NOMINATED BEST SCORE - PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL (SARAH CHONG)
NOMINATED BEST SCORE - PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL (JIHADI STREET)
ASCAP MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP WITH STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
NOMINATED BEST SCORE - APRA/AMCOS SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS (SARAH CHONG)
ON yOUR MARK! MUSICAL OFF-BROADWAY DEBUT
NOMINATED BEST SCORE - JERRY GOLDSMITH AWARDS (DISCONNECT)
NOMINATED BEST SCORE - JERRY GOLDSMITH AWARDS (A MIGHTY NICE MAN)
SELECTED COMPOSER FOR NYC BMI MUSICAL THEATER SHOWCASE
ASCAP FILM SCORING WORKSHOP WITH RICHARD BELLIS (LOS ANGELES)
WINNER - APRA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD FOR FILM & TELEVISION
NOMINATED FOR BEST SHORT FILM SCORE - APRA SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS
bEST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK WINNER - TISCH48 FILM FESTIVAL
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - ASIANS ON FILM FESTIVAL, LA
BMI LEHMAN ENGEL MUSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP
FEATURED AS ASCAP ANNUAL "COMPOSER-TO-WATCH"
ASCAP/COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY FILM SCORING WORKSHOP (NYC)
AACTA NOMINATION FOR BEST SHORT FILM (WELCOME TO IRON KNOB)