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Marimbist-percussionist Ayano Kataoka, a native of Japan, has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, performed Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Emanuel Ax, his wife Yoko Nozaki, and principal timpanist of Philadelphia Orchestra, Don Liuzzi at Alice Tully Hall, given a début solo recital at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, and given a world première performance of Songs from Bass Garden by Steven Burke. She is the first percussionist to be chosen for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two program. She is a graduate of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, with a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory and Artist Diploma degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Robert van Sice, the world-renowned marimba virtuoso.

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