Born in Nebraska City, Nebraska, Aubrey Thurman began her music career at the age of 5 and she hasn’t slowed down ever since. 4 year old Aubrey begged her parents to enroll her in piano lessons and they finally obliged a week after her fifth birthday. She quickly fell in love with the instrument. As an elementary schooler, she read books about famous composers and played piano for an audience every chance she got. By the time she got to middle school, Aubrey was already playing Chopin, Debussy, and some of the other greats while performing in piano competitions on the weekends.
Aubrey became a professional pianist at age 15 during her sophomore year of high school, the same year she discovered a love for Gershwin and Rachmaninov. While in high school, Aubrey also accompanied student solos and played in the jazz band. Aubrey has won numerous awards throughout her piano career, including various awards for outstanding solo performances, a handful of perfect scores at competitions, awards for playing with the high school jazz band, and she was invited to perform at the Nebraska Federation of Music Honors Recital twice. She was voted Most Musical during her senior year of high school. Aubrey continued her piano studies at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where she graduated in 2022 with a degree in Economics. In college, Aubrey fell in love with Prokofiev, Scriabin, and Liszt, and eventually she started composing her own music.
One instrument was never enough for Aubrey. At age 10, she began playing trombone in the school band, where she quickly ascended to first chair. Aubrey had always loved rock music, but her whole world opened up when she bought an electric guitar at age 20, the summer before her senior year of college. Suddenly, she could play and write music in her favorite genre. Aubrey’s relatively late entry into the world of playing guitar hasn’t deterred her from recording music. She considers herself, in her own words, “Not bad for a classical pianist.” Aubrey released her debut single Helios on November 11, 2023. She is influenced by any genre of rock you can imagine, film scores, and yes, even classical piano.
Aubrey was also a ballet dancer for 15 years, which is where she first discovered her love of performing in front of an audience. She is a self-proclaimed cinephile who has worked on several movies. In addition to making music, Aubrey also enjoys making short films and music videos. In December 2022, Aubrey began her first screenplay, Recording in Progress, a 1970s thriller about rockstars whose recording session is derailed by a series of brutal murders in the studio. Aubrey Thurman has always lived and breathed for all things related to film, music, and performing arts, and she will no doubt continue to explore all of these interests throughout her career.