Ansgarius Aylward Adjunct Professor
BM - New England Conservatory of Music
MM - Yale University
Ansgarius Aylward, adjunct professor of music at Canisius, is assistant concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO). He is frequently called upon to play solo violin for the BPO, performing repertoire from the standard (Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, etc.) to the twentieth century (Nicholas Flagello and John Corigliano). Aylward has been concertmaster and soloist with the Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra and now appears annually as soloist on their popular "Viva Vivaldi!" Festival. In 2001, Aylward founded the critically acclaimed Chamber Music on Elmwood Festival, for which he serves as director and as principal violinist. He was also first violinist of the Nichols String Quartet. Aylward was the conductor of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra and is now the conductor of the Canisius College Chamber Orchestra. He travels regularly to Germany, where he is a guest soloist and recording artist with the Stuttgart Music-Forum. During the summer months, Aylward performs in the Grand Teton Music Festival and teaches at the Allegheny Music Festival in Meadville, PA and at Bravo, an international chamber music workshop in Buffalo.
Aylward holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and from Yale University School of Music. When not practicing he enjoys chess, photography and hiking in Maine with his family.