Ayana Tsuji’s playing is “intense, personal and heartfelt, with an involved physicality to match” (Times Argus). This young Japanese violinist never ceased to impress at the Montreal International Musical Competition 2016, capturing all of the special “best performance” awards (including the Bach Award, Compulsory Canadian Work Award, Sonata Award, Caprice by Nicolo Paganini Award, and the best recital Award) in addition to her solid first place finish. Ayana has previously won major prizes at international competition in Hannover (Joseph Joachim), Seoul and Tokyo (Musical Competition of JAPAN). She has performed as soloist with the Montreal Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic, Kanagawa Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Central Aichi Symphony, Yokohama Sinfonietta, Chubu Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, and the Sejong Soloists.
Born in Gifu in 1997, Ayana began playing the violin at the age of three. She studies with Koichiro Harada at Tokyo College of Music.
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