BIOGRAPHY

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. 

 

AARON KENNY IS REPRESENTED INTERNATIONALLY BY APRA|AMCOS
HE IS ALSO A REPRESENTED ARTIST OF THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC CENTRE

 
Aaron conducting his score with the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra at 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage, Los Angeles (2016)

Aaron conducting his score with the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra at 20th Century Fox Newman Scoring Stage, Los Angeles (2016)

AWARDS & ACCOLADES

2017

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)

 

2016

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)

 

2015

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

 

2014

 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)

 

2013

DAME JOAN SUTHERLAND AWARD WINNER

ZURICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FILM MUSIC COMPETITION NOMINEE

ALAN MENKEN AWARD AND SCHOLARSHIP

NYU FILM SCORING & SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA COMPETITION WINNER

APRA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD GRAND FINALIST

AUSTRALIAN IAN POTTER CULTURAL TRUST GRANT WINNER

 

2012 

AMERICAN FILM MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNER

GRAND FINALIST FANFARE COMPOSITION CONTEST
ORQUESTRA SIMFÒNICA DEL VALLÈS (BARCELONA, SPAIN)

NOMINATED BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - ST KILDA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

2011

2MBS AUSTRALIAN YOUNG COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

 

2010

2MBS APRA SYMPHONY COMPOSITION ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD WINNER

 

2009

2MBS AUSTRALIAN YOUNG COMPOSER OF THE YEAR

 

2008

ALEX BURNHARDT COMPOSITION SCHOLARSHIP

GRAND FINALIST AUSTRALIA NATIONAL COMPOSERS' COMPETITION, CANBERRA

 

2007 

FINALIST FOR BEST SOUND & MUSIC: YOUNG AUSTRALIA PRODUCTIONS AWARDS 

 
 

G E N E R O U S L Y   S U P P O R T E D   B Y

REV. DR. ARTHUR E BRIDGE AM

ARS MUSICA AUSTRALIS

HON. JUSTICE MICHAEL KIRBY

THE GREATOREX FOUNDATION

THE IAN POTTER CULTURAL TRUST

THE AMERICAN-AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION