“...Ninomiya dazzled with her lightning-speed bow work and flawless technique...”
Winner of numerous prizes including the 2003 Walter Naumburg International Competition, the 2005 Astral Artists National Auditions and the 2009 Young Performers Career Advancement awards, violinist Ayano Ninomiya's recent concerts have included performances in Tokyo, Japan, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., at Lincoln Center, NYC, in the U.K. and a live TEDx talk at the University of Tokyo about her love of giving live music performances. As a recipient of a Frank Huntington Beebe Fellowship, Ayano lived in Budapest, Hungary, for two years, studying the music of Bartok. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and holds a Master's degree from The Juilliard School. In 2010 Ayano joined the Ying Quartet as First Violinist and Associate Professor of Violin and of Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music. Last but not least, she is a passionate watercolor artist and practitioner of the martial art Aikido Kokikai.