Meet Aaron Liao, Berklee City Music student from Seattle, WA, who is now a Senior at Berklee. He first heard about Berklee through his friends when he was in 9th grade. “I remember looking up Berklee’s course catalog and seeing ‘Evolution of Hip Hop Bass.’ I thought, no way could this be real,” Aaron recounts. He looked into the 5 Week Summer Performance Program and attended it in 2008. While there he met fellow students from his hometown who mentioned they were in attendance on scholarship from Berklee City Music. When he went back to Seattle he applied to the Berklee City Music Network member in Seattle and was accepted the following year.
Aaron’s dad is a classical pianist and gave him piano lessons from age 5 to 12. When he was 1o years old he began playing cello until he was 14 when he started playing electric bass. Aaron remembers, “I took to the electric bass in a completely different way than cello or piano; while practicing would sometimes feel like a chore with cello and piano, it never would with bass. I just couldn’t put it down!”
He played a lot of rock in high school and around his junior year got into jazz. A program called “Running Start” in Seattle allowed high school students to take college courses and Aaron took jazz improvisation and funk ensembles at Shoreline Community College.
Check back soon for more photos and video excerpts from Aaron’s senior recital.
Visit Aaron’s Website: aaronliaomusic.com