Ayano Ninomiya – Violin
Special Guest Artist
Praised by The New York Times as “deeply communicative and engrossing,” violinist Ayano Ninomiya is committed to creating invigorating live performance experiences from concert stages to private homes and public schools. The Boston Globe wrote this season that, “A note from her was never just a note…Whatever project she takes on next, it is sure to be worth a listen.”
Equally at home as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, Ayano has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe, China, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition to recent performances at Weill Hall, Zankel Hall, and at Merkin Hall, she makes her Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 with Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto. Upcoming performances this season and next include solos with A Far Cry and the Jacksonville Symphony, as well as recitals at the Music Mountain Festival, the Sembrich Opera Museum, and the Moab Festival. She will also perform at the Cooperstown Festival, Kingston Festival, Orford Festival (Canada), Music Mountain Festival, Bowdoin Festival, among others.
She has won numerous awards including the Naumburg International Violin Competition, the Tibor Varga International Competition, Astral Artists National Auditions, and the Young Performer’s Career Advancement Award (APAP). As a recording artist Ayano has released a variety of albums including a solo album of works for violin by Larry Bell and more recently, three new albums as the first violinist of the Ying Quartet.
In 2012 Ayano was invited to give a TEDx talk on the power of live performance at the University of Tokyo. Other past projects include: a benefit performance for victims of the 2009 Haiti earthquake, a fundraiser in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake with sumo wrestler Konishiki, and the creation of her own Elderhostel “Day of Adventure” programs in Boston and NYC that gave an insider’s view of the life of a violinist and making music. Additionally, Ayano was an enthusiastic recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship that enabled her to study at the Bartók Archives in Budapest, Hungary, an experience that strengthened her love of the music of Béla Bartók.
During the summers, she has performed at the Kingston, Skaneateles, Caramoor, Bowdoin, and Moab music festivals, as well as at Prussia Cove’s International Musicians Seminar, the Canberra International Festival (Australia), and the Adams Festival (New Zealand), among others. She has been invited to tour the west and east coasts of the U.S. and France with Musicians from Marlboro (Marlboro Festival), as well as with Musicians from the Steans Institute (Ravinia Festival). She is also a founding member of the exciting conductorless string orchestra, ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), which is composed of soloists and leaders of quartets and orchestras.
Because of her own experience beginning the violin in a public school program in Boston at the age of seven, Ayano has given numerous programs for children across the U.S. from Bethlehem, New Hampshire to Columbia, Missouri, to Denton, Maryland, including many schools in the greater Philadelphia area.
After graduating from Harvard University and The Juilliard School, she studied at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Her principal teachers and mentors were Robert Mann, Miriam Fried, Eszter Perenyi, Michele Auclair, and Robert Levin at Harvard. From 2010-2015, Ayano was first violinist of the renowned Ying Quartet and Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music. In the fall of 2015 she joined the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She has been a volunteer tutor for at-risk high school students at the East Harlem Justice Center and volunteer at the Lighthouse Music School (NYC). In her spare time, Ayano is a watercolor artist and passionate Aikidoka.