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 concerts included performances 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 Sofia, 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. As first violinist of the Ying Quartet, she taught at the Eastman School of Music from 2010-2015. Starting in 2015-16, she will join the faculty of the New England Conseratory of Music. As a recipient of a Beebe Fellowship, Ayano studied in Budapest after graduating from Harvard University and The Juilliard School. She is a passionate watercolor artist and Aikidoka.