Aiyana Braun (b. 1997) is a celebrated composer and sound artist based in Los Angeles, California.
Aiyana’s work ranges from orchestral compositions to multimedia and interdisciplinary collaborations. She has been recognized by the BMI Foundation, ASCAP Foundation, American Composers Forum, Copland House (CULTIVATE), NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts, and has been featured on NPR’s From the Top and PBS’s On Stage at Curtis.
She has performed original works for Maya Angelou (Poet, Humanitarian) and Norman Lear (Producer, Humanitarian, creator of The Jeffersons, All in the Family) and has been performed by the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, Orkest de Ereprijs (Netherlands); and musicians from the Santa Cecelia Orchestra (Italy), New York City Ballet Orchestra, Minnesota Opera Orchestra, and the Buffalo Philharmonic, among others.
Aiyana was a Teaching Artist at the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Program where she taught composition for three years. She has taught Music Theory and Music History at the Curtis Institute’s “Summerfest,” and is currently a Teaching Assistant at the University of Southern California, teaching Aural Skills and Music Theory.
She has had lessons or masterclasses with Kaija Saariaho, John Adams, Un Suk Chin, Chen Yi, Libby Larsen, Caroline Shaw, Derek Bermel, Christopher Theofanidis, Anna Clyne, and Augusta Read Thomas. She attended The Juilliard School’s Pre-College for four years where she studied Composition with Manuel Sosa, and received her B.M. at the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied Composition with Jennifer Higdon and David Ludwig. She is currently receiving her M.M. from the University of Southern California where she studies Composition with Ted Hearne, and Pyschoacoustics with Nina C. Young and Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother).
Biography taken from composer’s website.