Ayano Kataoka

Ayano Kataoka, percussion (Tokyo, Japan), recently gave the world premiere performance of Bruce Adolphe’s Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists, based on a text by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio and featuring interactive video images of brain scans triggered by the live music performance, together with Yo-Yo Ma. She presented a solo recital as part of the prestigious B to C (Bach to Contemporary) recital series at the Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, which was broadcast nationally in Japan on NHK television. Her performances can be also heard on Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, New World, New Focus, and Albany recording labels. A leading proponent of contemporary repertoire, Ayano has participated in several consortiums to commission works for solo marimba or chamber ensemble from such composers as Charles Wuorinen, Martin Bresnick, Paul Lansky, and Alejandro Vinao. Ayano received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Music, her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute, and her Artist Diploma degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Robert van Sice. She was the first percussionist to be chosen for Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II. Previous Yellow Barn musician (2008, 2013)