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's recent performances have included recitals and solos at the National Gallery of Art in D.C., at Lincoln Center (NYC), in the U.K., and a TEDx talk at the University of Tokyo on the power of live performance. She has been soloist with orchestras across the U.S. and in Switzerland and Bulgaria and has been featured in major halls in Vienna, Paris, Lucerne, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Melbourne, Beijing, and Tokyo, among others. She makes regular appearances at the Moab, Halcyon, Bowdoin, Lenape, Skaneateles, and Prussia Cove festivals. She was first violinist of the Ying Quartet and Associate Professor of violin and chamber music at the Eastman School of Music. In the fall of 2015 she joins the faculty of the New England Conseratory 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.