SHINOZAKI Ayako

(HARP)

After graduation from Toho Gakuen College of Music, Ayako Shinozaki moved to the USA, where she continued her studies with Marcel Grandjany and Mildred Dilling.





































1970Awarded 3rd prize at the International Harp Competition Israel.
1971Debut recital in Tokyo including the Japan premiere of the Harp Concerto by Rodrigo.
1972Start of a her recital series “The Harp of Ayako Shinozaki”.
1974Sent to West Berlin and Paris under the Japanese Government Study Program for Promising Artists and Arts Fellowship, where she studied with Francis Pierre, Lily Laskine and Marie-Claire Jamet. During her stay in Europe she took part in the “Festival d’Aix en Provence ” and several concerts in Berlin.
19803rd Solo recital at International Panmusik Festival.
1982Solo recital within the festival ”Music Today '82”.
1985Appearance within the opening ceremony of the 2nd International Israel Harp Competition
As a member of “Sound Space Arc”, she participated in ”Festival d’automne” (Paris) in 1978 as well as in a tour to Europa and the United States in 1986 and a tour to Denmark and Sweden in 1987.
1989Recital in New York, where she performed works by Toru Takemitsu, Akira Miyoshi, Toshi Ichiyanagi, and Toshiro Mayuzumi. Her performance won high recognition in the New York Times.
19914th Recital, furthermore solo appearances with major Japanese Orchestras as well as Orchestras in Europe and America.
1992Invited as a guest professor to Aspen Music Festival (USA), where she also appeared as a soloist within the festival program.
1992 / 94Jury member of Israel International Harp Competition, 1997 Geneva International Music Competition.
2001Awarded the National Arts Festival Award, the Nakajima Kenzo Award, and the 1st Saji Keizo Award of Suntory Music Hall for her 8th recital.


Major Awards



  • 1983 1st Nakajima Kenzo Music Award as a member of “Sound Space Arc”
  • 2001 56th Arts Festival Prize (Music Section)
  • 2002 20th Nakajima Kenzo Music Award
  • 2002 Suntory Music Award, 1st Saji Keizo Award (2001)


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