After starting his career as a still photographer for Time Life, Aronson began directing television films and commercials. Through Aronson Films, he directed MTV videos, television pilots and specials and over 500 commercials before turning to documentaries in 1999. Since then, Aronson has made award winning documentaries on a fascinating variety of topics. He is also a concert pianist and regularly plays chamber music in New York and at the Telluride Musicfest, the chamber music festival he founded in 2002 with his wife, violinist Maria Bachmann.
2015 marks the final year of production and the launching of Aronsonís Talent Has Hunger, the 7 year odyssey following the cello students of master cello teacher Paul Katz at Bostonís New England Conservatory of Music. The film premieres in Boston in early 2016 and then will roll out across America before its television broadcast.
2010-2012 took Aronson all over the world in the making of Orchestra of Exiles, his film about Bronislaw Huberman, the Polish violinist who founded the Israel Philharmonic.
In 2008 Aronson produced a series of short films celebrating our dynamic relationship with the Hudson River Valley. The series contains 20 shorts designed for interstitial programming on PBS stations. The films focus on individual stories and characters found up and down the Hudson and will build awareness of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudsonís first trip up the Hudson in September of 1609.
In 2006, Aronson completed the much-awaited follow up film to Sound and Fury, Sound and Fury: 6 Years Later.
In 2005, Josh Aronson completed 2 documentaries that were released in 2006. Beautiful Daughters, an hour film about the first all transsexual production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" premiered on LOGO and BULLRIDER, a feature that looks at bullriding and the rodeo as a metaphor for America today, will continue its festival and theatrical life into 2007. Television broadcast will be announced for 2007.
Josh Aronson was the Co-Producer/Director of The Opposite Sex, 2 feature documentaries broadcast on Showtime and LOGO.
Aronson's Feelin No Pain a feature documentary Doo Wop legends Little Anthony, Pookie Hudson, Kenny Vance and the Planotones and other oldies legends is in DVD release.
Aronson's Playing for Real has been repeatedly broadcast on PBS and is now available on DVD through PBS Video.
Josh Aronson was the Director/Executive Producer of Sound and Fury, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, was distributed theatrically in 2000 and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
For Nickelodeon Aronson directed a Family Special, Take a Moment and the dramatic pilot, The Trials of Tammy B.
For Discovery Channel he directed 16 episodes of the series Outward Bound.
For Cinemax he made the John Cafferty Album Flash and he directed the television documentary, Drawing in Space, about sculptor Mark DiSuvero.