Ayano Ninomiya


Winner of the Walter Naumburg International Competition, the Tibor Varga International Competition, Astral Artists National Auditions, Young Performers Career Advancement, and Lili Boulanger awards, Ayano's recent performance venues include the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center, New York, and at a TEDx talk at the University of Tokyo. Ayano concertizes globally, appearing in the major concert halls of Vienna, Paris, Lucerne, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Melbourne, Beijing, and Tokyo. She appears regularly at the Bowdoin, Halcyon, Lenape, Skaneateles, and Prussia Cove festivals and is a founding member of the conductorless orchestra, ECCO. She is first violinist of the Ying Quartet and Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music until this fall, when she joins the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music. As a recipient of the Beebe Fellowship, Ayano studied in Budapest at the Liszt Academy after graduating from Harvard University and The Juilliard School. She is also a passionate watercolor artist and Aikidoka (practitioner of the martial art Aikido.)