Ayana Tsuji is one of the most promising young violinists of Japan. Born in Gifu in 1997, she started the violin at age 3. She began the international competition circuit around age 10, at the Osaka International Music Competition in 2008. Since then she has performed and won prizes in major international competitions, including the Second Prize at the Japan Music Competition and Fourth Prize at the Munetsugu Angel Competition in 2013; Fifth Prize, Audience Prize and Special Prize at the 2015 Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover; Second Prize (Top Prize) at the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition. She was awarded First Prize at the 2016 Montreal International Competition, together with 5 other prizes (the Best performance of the compulsory Canadian work, the Best semifinal recital, the Best performance of a Sonata in the semifinal round, the Back Award and the Paganini Award).
Ayana Tsuji has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, Yokohama Sinfonietta, Chubu Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Sejong Soloists (Korea) and Montreal Symphony Orchestra. She is also active as recitalist and chamber musician, and has performed with Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Akira Eguchi, Kei Itoh.
She is currently enrolled at the Tokyo College of Music, where she has studied with Kenji Kobayashi, Toshiko Yaguchi, Kimiko Nakazawa, Machie Oguri and Koichi Harada and has followed Master Classes with Akiko Suwanai.
Her debut CD with Warner Classics, featuring a selection of pieces from the recording of her performance at the 2016 Montreal Competition will be released in February 2018
Highlights of the 2018-19 season include a performance (Sibelius Violin Concerto) with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
Ayana Tsuji plays a Joannes Baptista Guadagnini 1748, on loan from the Yellow Angel NPO Corporation.
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