With a broad career as a cellist, performer, teacher and administrator, Aron Zelkowicz has cultivated a repertoire both classical and ethnic, familiar and obscure. He serves as the Founder and Director of the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival, which presents rare and diverse works from Jewish musical traditions. Under his guidance, the Festival has featured renowned ensembles and guest artists from the orchestral, chamber, early music, rock, and world music genres in innovative and thematic programs, for which he oversees every aspect of fundraising, marketing, production, and artistic direction. Critics noted his “impressive" directorial debut of an original, fully staged production of the chamber opera “The Dybbuk" by Ofer Ben-Amots, and dubbed the Festival “one of the highest quality concert series in town" (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) and a local “best-kept secret" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). In its twelve seasons, the Festival has programmed over 150 pieces of classical chamber and orchestral music inspired by Jewish traditions, received major grants and mainstream critical acclaim, has been featured in full-length radio and cable television broadcasts and commissioned several world premieres from major composers.

Dr. Zelkowicz serves as the producer for the Festival’s ongoing CD series, "Russian Jewish Classics", which also features his talents as a cellist. These recordings represent a multi-year project devoted to the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music and its affiliated Russian composers. The first four volumes have been released by the independent British label Toccata Classics, with future albums projected in a series that will shed new light upon these masters of Jewish art-music.

As a cellist, Aron Zelkowicz has performed at the Tanglewood, Banff, Aspen, Sarasota, Chautauqua, Colorado, Cactus Pear and Sunflower festivals, with members of the Emerson and Cleveland Quartets, as Principal Cello of the Miami Symphony Orchestra, with the Toronto Symphony and National Arts Centre Orchestras in Canada, and on international tours with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. From 1999-2002 he was a member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

As a teacher and coach to young string-players, Dr. Zelkowicz gives master classes at universities throughout the USA and has served on the faculties of Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Camp, the Brevard Music Center and the North Carolina Governor’s School. In 2013 he completed an eight-city tour of the mid-west United States, playing the complete cello suites of Benjamin Britten to mark the composer’s centenary. A native of Ottawa, Canada, Aron Zelkowicz grew up in Pittsburgh and received degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University and Stony Brook University, where his teachers included Anne Martindale Williams, Paul Katz, Steven Doane, Janos Starker and Colin Carr.

Born in Ottawa, Canada, Aron Zelkowicz grew up in Pittsburgh and received degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM), Indiana University (MM), and most recently SUNY Stony Brook (DMA), where his major teachers included Anne Martindale Williams, Paul Katz, Steven Doane, Janos Starker, and Colin Carr. He plays a cello made in 1705 by Giovanni Grancino and is currently based in Boston. He performs regularly as a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra.