Winner of numerous prizes including the Walter Naumburg International Competition,
Tibor Varga International Competition, Astral Artists National Auditions, Young
Performers Career Advancement, and Lili Boulanger awards, Ayano has performed with
orchestras across the U.S., Switzerland, Bulgaria, and most recently in Carnegie Hall.
Praised for her “deeply communicative and engrossing” (The New York Times)
performances, she has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Moab, Bowdoin, Kingston,
Adams (New Zealand), Canberra International (Australia), and Prussia Cove (England)
festivals. She has been featured on Musicians from Marlboro tours in the U.S. and
France, and gave a TEDx talk at the University of Tokyo. She was first violinist of the
Ying Quartet and was Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music until 2015
when she joined the violin faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music. As a
recipient of the Beebe Fellowship, Ayano studied in Budapest, Hungary, at the Liszt
Academy after graduating from Harvard University and The Juilliard School. In her
spare time, she loves to paint and practice Aikido.