Ayano Kataoka

Ayano Kataoka, percussion (Amherst, MA), has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Jaime Laredo, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, and Jeremy Denk. She has participated in several consortiums to commission works for solo marimba or chamber ensemble from Charles Wuorinen, Martin Bresnick, Paul Lansky, and Alejandro Vinao. Ayano is particularly drawn to compositions that involve the whole person, using standard percussion instruments and unique musical materials along with spoken voice, singing, acting, and props. She has given numerous performances and masterclasses throughout the U.S. and Canada featuring Stuart Saunders Smith’s percussion/theatre music. She also appeared as an onstage musician with a small acting part in the Yale Repertory Theater production of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well. A native of Japan, Ayano began her marimba studies at age five, and percussion at fifteen. She was the first percussionist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two. She joined the faculty of the UMass Amherst in 2008. Her recordings can be found on the Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, New World, Bridge, Albany, and New Focus record labels. Past Yellow Barn Musician (2008)