Aidan Elwell is a classical guitarist from Salisbury Center, New York. He began playing the guitar at fourteen years of age and started classical studies at nineteen. Elwell has performed at a variety of venues throughout New York, ranging from churches and small concert halls to larger venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie. These concert programs consist of a wide variety of music from the renaissance to the twentieth century; however, Elwell puts a great focus on new music in his performances. While Elwell believes there is a certain place for old music in modern performance, he firmly believes music by modern composers should be at the forefront. He is also an advocate for the guitar as a chamber instrument and has performed in ensembles with strings, woodwinds, percussion, and enjoys accompanying vocalists.
Teaching has been a part of Elwell's life for nearly a decade. This experience ranges through different subjects, such as music and the martial arts, and different settings, including one-on-one and group classes. His teaching philosophy is that lessons should be about making music and growing students as unique artists. While technique should not be overlooked, it should exist to serve musicality and not be for the sake of technicality. Elwell received a degree in classical guitar performance from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in 2019. Aidan Elwell now resides in Manlius, New York and currently studies under Kenneth Meyer at Syracuse University with the goal of receiving a master's degree in music performance.