Ayano Ninomiya,

violin

Winner of numerous prizes including the Walter Naumburg International Competition, the Tibor Varga International Competition, the Astral Artists National Auditions, the Young Performers Career Advancement, and the Lili Boulanger awards, Ayano has performed with orchestras across the US, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and most recently in Carnegie Hall. Praised for her "deeply communicative and engrossing" (The New York Times) performances, she has appeared at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Bowdoin, Kingston, Adams (New Zealand), Canberra International (Australia), and Prussia Cove (England) festivals. She has been featured on Musicians from Marlboro tours in the US and France and gave a TEDx talk in 2012 at the University of Tokyo. She was first violinist of the Ying Quartet and Associate Professor at the Eastman School of Music until 2015 when she joined the violin faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music. After graduating from Harvard University and The Juilliard School, Ayano studied in Budapest, Hungary at the Liszt Academy as a recipient of the Beebe Fellowship. In her spare time, she loves to paint and practice Aikido.