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The winner of numerous prizes including the Naumburg International Violin Competition, the Tibor Varga International Competition, Astral Artists National Auditions, the Young Performers Career Advancement Award, and S&R Foundation Award, Ayano Ninomiya graduated magna cum laudefrom Harvard University and holds a Master's degree from The Juilliard School. As a recipient of the Beebe Fellowship, she studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary and analyzed scores at the Bartok Archives.
Deeply committed to communicating with her audiences and creating invigorating live performance experiences, Ayano was invited to give a talk on the power of live performance at the 2012 TEDx event at the University of Tokyo. Since her debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, which was described as “deeply communicative and engrossing” (The New York Times), her debut recitals and performances with orchestra have brought her to all of the major venues in NYC as well as in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.,and across Europe and Japan. Recent and upcoming concert activities bring her to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to Lincoln Center, NYC, to Tokyo, Japan, and ongoing performances at schools, community centers, and private homes.
As an avid chamber musician, Ayano makes regular return appearances at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Kingston, Skaneateles, Caramoor, and Moab music festivals, as well as Prussia Cove’s International Musicians Seminar., and performs often with the conductorless string orchestra, ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra). Since joining the Ying Quartet as First Violinist in 2010, Ayano has released two new albums, one of the chamber music of Anton Arensky, and the other of American Chamber music. An album of the three quartets by Robert Schumann follows this summer.
From her own experience beginning violin studies in a public school program at the age of seven, Ayano has had a keen interest in giving community and kids programs. Over the years, these opportunities have brought her from Bethlehem, New Hampshire to Columbia, Missouri, to Denton, Maryland, including many occasions in the greater Philadelphia area. She also created and led several Elderhostel “Day of Discovery” programs of her own in NYC, upstate NY, and Boston.
Ayano is Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music. Having had until recently the generous loan of a Stradivarious loan for many years, Ayano now performs on a 2011 violin by wonderful Los Angeles maker Mario Miralles. Last but not least, Ayano is an enthusiastic practitioner of the martial art Kokikai Aikido.