Ayano Ninomiya, a member of the Formosa Quartet, was the second-prize winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition and winner of the 2003 Astral Artistic Services’ National Auditions. She made her début with the Boston Pops on Opening Night 1999. She has performed in Sofia, Bulgaria, at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, as well as in concert series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Chicago’s Myra Hess series, and Boston’s Jordan Hall and Big Arts Sanibel.
As a chamber musician, she has performed at the Marlboro, Caramoor, Olympic, and Juneau chamber music festivals and toured in the United States and Europe with “Musicians from Marlboro” and “Young Artists from the Steans Institute” (Ravinia Festival). She graduated from Harvard College in French and Music and received her Master’s degree from the Juilliard School studying with Robert Mann.