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Ayano Kataoka
June 3, 2021Website has been renewed!ようこそ!Welcome to my website! Lots of new contents have been added and updated. Huge THANKS to Aestheticize Media!
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(This photo was taken in Maine a couple of years ago - Looking forward to being able to travel again soon!)

Saturday, May 22, 2021UMass Amherst Percussion Ensemble Spring '21 Concert was premiered!UMass Amherst Percussion Ensemble Spring '21 was premiered at 7:30pm (EST) last night (May 21) - Check it out!
Photo: with my excellent Graduate Teaching Assistants, Maddy Dethloff (left) and Morgan Sutherland (right) - we gave a world premiere of "Pastels" for vibraphone trio by Emerson Sudbury!

May 17, 2021UMass Percussion Studio: Percussion Ensemble Concert (online)While it was a challenging year, we've done a lot of great work at UMass Amherst. 5-day recording sessions on 4/26-30 were one of the highlights of the year. We are in process of getting ready for streaming via our music department's YouTube Channel - Stay tuned!

Saturday, March 14, 2020CANCELED: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterUnfortunately, the concerts this weekend (March 14 at Purchase College; March 15 at Alice Tully Hall) have been canceled as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop.

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Percussionist and marimbist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. She is currently Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and has been a season artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2006 when she was chosen as the first percussionist for the society’s prestigious residency program, The Bowers Program (formerly Chamber Music Society Two), a three-season residency program for emerging artists offering high-profile performance opportunities in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society. She gave a world premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History in 2009. She presented a solo recital at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall which was broadcast on NHK, the national public station of Japan. Other highlights of her performances include a theatrical performance of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale at the 92nd Street Y with violinist Jaime Laredo and actors Alan Alda and Noah Wyle, and a performance of Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and percussion at Alice Tully Hall with pianist Emanuel Ax. Her performances can be also heard on the Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, New World, Bridge, New Focus, and Albany recording labels.
Since 2013, Ms. Kataoka has toured in the U.S. and Mexico extensively as a percussionist for Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera led by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi that addresses human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexican border. The recording of Cuatro Corridos on the Bridge Records label has earned a 2017 Latin Grammy Nomination in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition category.
A leading proponent of contemporary repertoire, Ms. Kataoka has participated in several consortiums to commission works for solo marimba or chamber ensemble from such composers as Paul Lansky, James Wood, Alejandro Viñao, and Lukas Ligeti. She is particularly drawn to compositions that involve the whole person, using standard percussion instruments and unique musical materials along with spoken voice, singing, acting, and elegant props. She has given numerous performances and master classes throughout the U.S. and Canada featuring Stuart Saunders Smith’s percussion/theatre music. She also appeared as an onstage musician with a small acting part in the Yale Repertory Theatre production of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well.
A native of Japan, Ms. Kataoka began her marimba studies at age five, and percussion at fifteen. She received her artist diploma degree from Yale School of Music, where she studied with marimba virtuoso Robert van Sice.
...A petite woman with giant talent, Ms. Kataoka had choreographed herself to always be in the right place at the right time, and the audience seemed genuinely intrigued by her every move and by all the varied sounds she produced.

...[Kataoka's] frock was a contemporary take on traditional Japanese dress with a shortened skirt and a fanciful obi.OberonOberon's Grove
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...in the second half of the program, the traditional characteristics of percussion instruments are brought to the forefront, in the established and complex works of Mackey and Xenakis... [Kataoka] brilliantly caught the intricate rhythm pattern [of Xenakis].Junichi IshizukaOngaku Gendai
While it was an incredibly thought-provoking and challenging series of works, [Kataoka] invited the audience to look and feel the music, making it a very fun and enjoyable contemporary music concert.
(日本語レビュー:read more in Japanese)Toshio SaitoMercure des Arts
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...Kataoka’s performance of the Prelude [from Bach’s Violin Partita No. 3, BWV 1006] established a template for the rest of the Partita, and the entire program, with the musical architecture unfolding in a clear and deeply musical fashion. The slow and graceful Loure was especially moving, as Kataoka’s playing revealed music so sweetly austere that each note seemed to open a new emotional world. Benjamin FrandzelSan Fransisco Classical Voice
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There were humorous touches as the musicians turned the pages of the scores on the table with exaggerated gravity, Ms. Kataoka peering at one page with feigned surprise before their hands began their energetic ballet, sometimes moving in tandem like synchronized swimmers.Vivien SchweitzerThe New York Times
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[The music] began in darkness, and the lights remained low, even after Ms. Kataoka, barefoot, made her entrance and subsequently made her balletic way about a variety of percussion instruments arrayed across the stage.

...played by the amazing percussionist, Ayano Kataoka, whose movements, as she plays her instrument, approach a dance.
Michael MillerThe Berkshire Review
The featured soloists are four members of the Percussion Collective: Victor Caccese, Ayano Kataoka, Doug Perry, and Svet Stoyanov. They were outstanding. The soloists demonstrated a jaw-dropping level of skill, precision, and artistry in the performance [of Percussion Concerto "Drum Circles" by Christopher Theofanidis.] The music not only demands individual virtuosity but an extreme synergy in executing not only the complex rhythmic patterns but the intricate, lyrical lines. The four percussionists worked together so seamlessly that they almost seemed to share a kind of psychic connection. Hearing (and seeing) them perform was a pure joy.Jessica RudmanHartford Courant
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Upcoming Performances

Sunday, July 18, 2021Chamber Music NorthwestReed College, Kaul AuditoriumPortland, OR 97202Béla BARTÓK: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110 (1937)
Gloria Chien, Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Ian Rosenbaum, Ayano Kataoka (percussion)
more info...
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Sunday, July 17, 2021Chamber Music NorthwestReed College, Kaul AuditoriumPortland, OR 97202Béla BARTÓK: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110 (1937)
Gloria Chien, Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Ian Rosenbaum, Ayano Kataoka (percussion)
more info...
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Wednesday, July 21, 2021Guest Speaker at SōSI (Sō Percussion Summer Institute)Onlinemore info...
Friday, August 06, 2021Yellow Barn ConcertThe Big BarnPutney, VTGeorge CRUMB: An Idyll for the Misbegotten (Images III) (1985/1997)
Stephen Stirling (French horn)
Ayano Kataoka, Eduardo Leandro, Matthew Overbay (percussion)
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Past Performances

Sunday, March 15, 2020Chamber Music Socirty of Lincoln CenterAlice Tully HallNew York, NYSonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937) by Béla Bartók
Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung (piano)
Ian David Rosenbaum, Ayano Kataoka (percussion)
more info...
Saturday, March 14, 2020Chamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterSUNY Purchase Conservatory of MusicPurchase, NYSonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937) by Béla Bartók
Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung (piano)
Ian David Rosenbaum, Ayano Kataoka (percussion)
more info...
Saturday, February 29, 2020UMass Percussion Ensemble Performs at BMACBrattleboro Museum and Art CenterBrattleboro, VTmore info...
Sunday, February 09, 2020Faculty Recital at UMass AmherstUMass Amherst Fine Arts Center - Bezanson Recital HallAmherst, MAWorks by Sueyoshi, Kitazume, Fukushi, and others
Guests: Elizabeth Chang (violin), Hiromi Fukuda (piano)
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Saturday, February 01, 2020The McCormick Marimba FestivalUniversity of South Florida School of MusicTampa, FLAfterlife for marimba and percussion orchestra by Stuart Saunders Smith (World Premiere)
Saturday, January 18, 2020South Shore Percussion SymposiumFoxborough High SchoolFoxborough, MA
Thursday, January 16, 2020Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: "New Milestones"Kaplan PenthouseNew York, NYmore info...
Sunday, November 17, 2019The Percussion Collective with Hartford Symphony OrchestraBelding Theater at The Bushnell Performing Arts CenterHartford, CTDrum Circles by Christopher Theofanidis
Featuring
Carolyn Kuan, conductor
The Percussion Collective
Robert van Sice, artistic director
Svet Stoyanov, Doug Perry, Victor Caccese, Ayano Kataoka, percussion
more info...
Saturday, November 16, 2019The Percussion Collective with Hartford Symphony OrchestraBelding Theater at The Bushnell Performing Arts CenterHartford, CTDrum Circles by Christopher Theofanidis
Featuring
Carolyn Kuan, conductor
The Percussion Collective
Robert van Sice, artistic director
Svet Stoyanov, Doug Perry, Victor Caccese, Ayano Kataoka, percussion
more info...
Friday, November 15, 2019The Percussion Collective with Hartford Symphony OrchestraBelding Theater at The Bushnell Performing Arts CenterHartford, CT
Drum Circles by Christopher Theofanidis
Featuring
Carolyn Kuan, conductor
The Percussion Collective
Robert van Sice, artistic director
Svet Stoyanov, Doug Perry, Victor Caccese, Ayano Kataoka, percussion
more info...
Monday, October 28, 2019Percussion CollectiveUniversity of Nebraska at Lincoln
Sunday, October 27, 2019Percussion CollectiveUniversity of Nebraska at Lincoln
Sunday, September 08, 2019Five College New Music Festival 2019UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center - Bezanson Recital HallAmherst, MACoursings by Oliver Knussenmore info...
Friday, September 06, 2019Five College New Music Festival 2019UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center - Bezanson Recital HallAmherst, MALowlands by Salvatore Macchia (world premiere)more info...
Tuesday, August 13, 2019Salt Bay ChamberfestDarrows Barn on the campus of Round Top Farm Damariscotta, MaineOrazi e Curiazi by Giorgio Battistelli
Snow in June by Tan Dun
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Sunday, August 04, 2019Music@Menlo "1990–2000, Music at the Millennium"The Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-AthertonAtherton, Californiahttps://musicatmenlo.org/cp/?evt=1426Micro-Concerto for Solo Percussion and Chamber Ensemble by Steven Mackeymore info...
Saturday, July 27, 2019Yellow Barn Music FestivalPutney, VT
Tuesday, July 16, 2019Yellow Barn Music FestivalPutney, VT
Monday, July 01, 2019Chosen Vale International Percussion SeminarEnfield Shaker MuseumEnfield, NH
Thursday, May 23, 2019Ayano Kataoka Percussion Recital in TokyoTokyo Opera City Recital HallShinjuku, TokyoMark Applebaum: Aphasia vocalist or actor with tape (2010)
Alejandro Viñao: Madera Viento y Metal for marimba and electronics (2016)*
Mauricio Kagel: L’art Bruit Solo for Two (1994-95)
Steven Mackey: Micro-Concerto for Solo Percussion, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1999)*
Iannis Xenakis: Rebonds pour percussion solo (1987-89)
*Japanese Premiere
Tuesday, April 16, 2019Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: George Crumb at 90Alice Tully HallNew York, NYCrumb Black Angels (Thirteen Images from the Dark Land) for Electric String Quartet (1970)
Crumb The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook I) for Voice, Guitar, and Percussion (2008)
Crumb Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III) for Two Amplified Pianos and Percussion (1974)
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Sunday, April 14, 2019Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: George Crumb at 90Alice Tully HallNew York, NYCrumb American Songbook III: Unto the Hills for Soprano, Amplified Piano, and Four Percussionists (2002)
Crumb New Work for Percussion Quintet (CMS Commission, World Premiere)
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Tuesday, April 02, 2019Art + Math = MusicUMass Amherst Fine Arts Center - Bezanson Recital HallAmherst, MAAphasia by Mark Applebaum
Kind of Denmark by Morton Feldman
Rebonds a by Iannis Xenakis
Nidus by Jazer Giles (world premiere)
more info...
Tuesday, October 09, 2018UMass Amherst Faculty Concert: Ayano Kataoka 10th AnniversaryUMass Amherst Fine Arts Center - Bezanson Recital HallAmherst, MAmore info...
Sunday, August 19, 2018Timeless MasterworksLittle Theatre - SPACSaratoga Springs, NY 12866Steven Mackey: Micro-Concerto for Solo Percussion, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano
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Sunday, May, 20, 2018Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: "Concerto Night!"Alice Tully HallNew York, NY"Micro-Concerto" for Solo Percussion and Mixed Quintet by Steven Mackeymore info...
Saturday, March 03, 2018Yale School of Music Faculty Artist Series: Robert van Sice and Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall at Yale School of MusicNew Haven, CTSeabourne by Garth Neustadter (world premiere)
Sextet by Steve Reich
May 15-17, 2015Cuatro Corridos performs in Mexico CityTeatro de las ArtesMexico City, Mexico
Tuesday, March 24, 2015Stockhausen Showcase ConcertSmith College Museum of ArtNorthampton, MAmore info...
Thursday, March 19, 2015String Theory at the HunterHunter Museum of American ArtChattanooga, TNmore info...
Saturday, February 28, 2015UMass Amherst Percussion Group Presents: Cerebral ResonancesBrattleboro Museum and Art CenterBrattleboro, VTWorks by Andy Akiho, J.S. Bach, Casey Cangelosi, Thierry de Mey, Peter Klatzow, Steve Reich, and Alejandro Viñaomore info...
Thursday, February 5, 2015CMS on TourHarris TheaterChicago, INmore info...
Tuesday, February 3, 2015Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: DrummingAlice Tully HallNew York, NYmore info...
Friday, September 12, 2014Stuart Sauders Smith: Words and MusicBrattleboro Museum & Art CenterBrattleboro, VTWhen Music is Missing Music Sings
Thinking about Anne Sexton
...And Points North
others
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Friday, August 8, 2014Gala Benefit Legal Aid Foundation of Los AngelesZipper Hall at Colburn School of MusicLos Angels, CAhttp://cuatrocorridos.com/Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera addressing one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking.more info...
Thursday, July 31, 2014American VisionsThe Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-AthertonAtherton, California
Thursday, June 26, 2014Concert for 2 pianos and 2 percussionIshibashi Memorial Hall at Ueno Gakuen UniversityTokyo, JapanSonata for 2 pianos and percusion by Bartok and othersmore info...
Wednesday, April 9, 2014Advanced Percussion EnsembleBezanson Recital Hall at UMass AmherstAmherst, MA
Monday, April 7, 2014Cuartro Corridos @ 2014 John Donald Robb Composers’ SymposiumUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerque, New Mexicomore info...
Wednesday, February 19, 2014UMass Wind Ensemble ConcertFine Arts Center Concert Hall, UMass AmherstAmherst, MASteven Stucky's Percussion Concerto
Tuesday, November 13, 2012Chamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterAlice Tully HallNew York, NYMicro-Concerto for percussion solo and chamber ensemble by Steve Mackey
Sunday, July 22, 2012Chamber Music North WestPortland, Oregon
Saturday, July 21, 2012Chamber Music North WestPortland, Oregon
Tuesday, March 13, 2012Ayano Kataoka Faculty RecitalBezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, UMass AmherstAmherst, MA
Friday, February 24, 2012Svet Stoyanov Faculty RecitalUniversity of MiamiMiami, FL
Saturday, February 4, 2012McCormick Marimba FestivalTampa, FL
Friday, February 3, 2012McCormick Marimba FestivalTampa, FL
Sunday, November 20, 2011Advanced Percussion EnsembleBezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, UMass AmherstAmherst, MAworks by Takemitsu, Piazzolla, Kagel, Hurel, Ewazen, O'Meara, and Vinao by UMass Percussion Studiomore info...
Friday, November 18, 2011masterclass by Kunihiko Komori at UMass AmherstRoom 36, Fine Arts Center, UMass AmherstAmherst, MAlecture and chamber music coaching by Japanese marimba virtuoso Kuni Komorimore info...
Thursday, November 10, 2011Percussive Arts Society International ConventionIndianapolis, INperformance of Rebonds by Iannis Xenakismore info...
Wednesday, September 21, 2011Conor Nelson Faculty RecitalBowling Green State UniversityBowling Green, OHFlute and Percussion Duo Recital
Sunday, September 11, 2011Five Colleges New Music FestivalBezanson Recital Hall, UMass AmherstAmherst, MA
Saturday, September 10, 2011Five Colleges New Music FestivalBezanson Recital Hall, UMass AmherstAmherst, MA
Friday, September 9, 2011Five Colleges New Music FestivalBezanson Recital Hall, UMass AmherstAmherst, MA
Friday, August 26, 2011Skaneateles Music FestivalFirst Presbyterian ChurchSkaneateles, NYHistoire du Tango by Piazzolla with Conor Nelson (flute), Partita No. 3 by Bach etc.more info...
Wednesday, August 24, 2011Skaneateles Festival “Musical Happy Hour”Anyela’s VineyardsSkaneateles, NY
Thursday, July 28, 2011Bridgehampton Chamber Music FestivalBridgehampton, NY
Friday, June 10, 2011bluemallet concert vol. 5Tsuda Recital HallTokyo, Japanmore info...
Sunday, May 1, 2011Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Striking Sounds IIAlice Tully HallNew York, NYXenakis: Rebonds for Percussion Solo; Bartok: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion; Crumb: Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III) for Two Amplified Pianos and Percussionmore info...
Friday, April 29, 2011Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Striking Sounds IAlice Tully HallNew York, NYGeorge Crumb: Selections from Six American Songbooks for Baritone, Piano, and Percussion; Tan Dun: Snow in June for Cello and Four Percussionmore info...
Sunday, March 27, 2011Faculty Recital: Ayano Kataoka Percussion RecitalBezanson Recital Hall at UMass AmherstAmherst, MAguest artists: David Bowlin (violin), Conor Nelson (flute)
Saturday, February 19, 2011Montreal/New Music International FestivalMontreal, Canada
Friday, February 18, 2011Montreal/New Music International FestivalMontreal, Canada
Thursday, December 9, 2010UMass Symphony Band and Percussion Ensemble ConcertFine Arts Center at UMass AmherstAmherst, MAmore info...
Thursday, December 2, 2010New Music in the RoseRose Studio, Lincoln CenterNew York, NYSteven Mackey: Micro-Concerto for percussionist and mixed quintet; Tsuneya Tanabe: Recollections of the Island Sea for flute and marimbamore info...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010CMS on TourCleveland, OHWorks by Bartok and Crumb with Wu Han and Gilbert Kalish (pianos), and Daniel Druckman (percussion)more info...
Sunday, November 14, 2010CMS on TourBates CollegeLewiston, MaineWorks by Bartok and Crumb with Wu Han and Gilbert Kalish (pianos), and Daniel Druckman (percussion)more info...
Wednesday, November 10, 2010CMS on TourEaston, PAWorks by Bartok and Crumb with Wu Han and Gilbert Kalish (pianos), and Daniel Druckman (percussion)more info...
Monday, October 25, 2010Faculty Recital: Gwen Burgett ThrasherMichigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MIWorks by Klatzow, Koppel, Takemitsu, and others
Sunday, October 24, 2010Day of Percussion in MichiganMichigan
Sunday, August 15, 2010Subtle SoundsPresbyterian ChurchBridgehampton, NY'Flutings' for Flute and Percussion by Leon Kirchnermore info...
Saturday, August 14, 2010Family Concert - Sounds of NatureBridgehampton, NYmore info...
Friday, August 13, 2010BRIAN LITTLE CONCERT – BUCOLIC BESTIARYChanning Sculpture GardenBridgehampton, NYDEBUSSY: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; SAINT-SAËNS: Carnival of the Animals (Narrator: Alan Alda)more info...
Friday, July 23, 2010Music@Menlo Chamber Music FestivalThe Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-AthertonAtherton, CAConcert Program I 'The Seasons'more info...
Friday, May 28, 2010Conor and Ayano Duo - CD release concertFirst Presbyterian ChurchBrooklyn, NYguest artist: David Bowlin (violin)more info...
Sunday, May 2, 2010UMass Percussion Ensemble ConcertBowker Auditorium, UMass AmherstAmherst, MAmore info...
Thursday, April 1, 2010Solo RecitalBezanson Recital Hall, UMass AmherstAmherst, MAwith guest artist Gwen Burgett Thrasher (Assistant Professor of Percussion at Michigan State University)more info...
Tuesday, March 16, 2010Chamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterAlice Tully HallNew York, NYFinnish Voicesmore info...
Sunday, February 21, 2010Lynn Klock Saxophone Solo RecitalBezanson Recital Hall, UMass AmherstAmherst, MA
Wednesday, February 10, 2010ConcertNYUNew York, NYPercussion music by Stuart Saunders Smith
Tuesday, November 24, 2009Tuesdays in Bezanson Concert SeriesBezanson Recital Hall, UMass AmherstAmherst, MAperformed with Fredric T. Cohen (oboe), Gregory Hayes (harpsichord), and Salvatore Macchia (contrabass)piece: Les Citations by Henri Dutilleux

Affiliations & Ensemble Memberships

University of Massachusetts AmherstDepartment of Music & Dancehttp://www.umass.edu/music/index.php
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterOne of the leading organizations for the performing arts that maintains an international roster of the world’s finest chamber musicianshttp://www.chambermusicsociety.org/
The Percussion CollectiveLaunched by my mentor Robert van Sice (Artistic Director), The Percussion Collective consists of artists who transcends the medium of percussion through uncommon performance experiences that surprise and engage audiences at a profound emotional level. https://thepercussioncollective.com/
Cuatro CorridosContemporary Music - Theater Project, on subject of human trafficking. Project is led by soprano Susan Narucki and writer Jorge Volpi with composers Lei Liang, Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra and Hebert Vazquezhttp://cuatrocorridos.com/

Projects

Conor Nelson (flute)My performing partner of "Conor and Ayano Duo", flute and percussion duohttp://www.conornelson.com/
Mark Dancigers (composer)Commissioning project - a piece for percussion is coming up soon!https://www.dancigers.com/
Civic Engagement & Service-Learning at UMass AmherstUMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL) promotes learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities to work collectively for a more just society. I have been accepted to the AY 21/22 CESL Faculty Fellows program. https://www.umass.edu/cesl/

Web Design

Aestheticize MediaWebsite Photography & Designhttp://www.aestheticize.com/
For booking and all other inquires, contact Ayano Kataoka at:
ayano.kataoka@me.com


Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite No. 6
Gavotte I & II
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suite No. 6
Gigue
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Iannis Xenakis
Rebonds b (Live Performance)
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Dennis Desantis
Breaking Training (Excerpt)
from Breaking Training
with Conor Nelson (flute)
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Teruyuki Noda
Eclogue for Flute & Percussion (Excerpt)
from Breaking Training
with Conor Nelson (flute)
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Kevin Puts
And Legions will Rise for marimba, violin, and clarinet (Live Performance, Excerpt)
with Arnaud Sussmann (violin) and Jose Franch-Ballester (clarinet)
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Steven Mackey
Micro-Concerto for Percussionist and Mixed Quintet
III. Click, Clak, Clank
from Music@Menlo Live 2019: Incredible Decades vol.7
Ayano Kataoka (percussion), Tara Helen O'Connor (flute), Romie de-Guise Langlois (clarinet), Kristin Lee (violin), David Requiro (cello), Hyeyeon Park (piano)
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Headshots


Selected Photos from Official Website


Faculty Recital at UMass Amherst (October, 2018)


Various Performances


Conor and Ayano Duo


Fun Photos!


Multi-Percussion Solo

Rebonds a by Iannis Xenakis
Vic Firth Performance Spotlight
Filmed at Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst (2013)

Percussion Ensemble

Le Livre des Klavier II. Duo de marimbas by Philippe Manoury
Yellow Barn 2020 Summer Season
Streamed on August 1, 2020
Ayano Kataoka, Eduardo Leandro (marimba)
The Lonelyness of Santa Claus by Fredrik Andersson
Yellow Barn 2020 Summer Season
Streamed on July 30, 2020
Ayano Kataoka, Eduardo Leandro (marimba)
Rain Tree for Percussion Trio by Tōru Takemitsu
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Filmed live at Alice Tully Hall on February 3, 2015
Christopher Froh, Ayano Kataoka, Ian Rosenbaum (percussion)
Pillar IV by Andy Akiho
Commissioned by Time Travelers (Gwendolyn Dease, Ayano Kataoka, Ian Rosenbaum, Svet Stoyanov)
Video Performance by Ji Hye Jung, Ayano Kataoka, Ian Rosenbaum, and Svet Stoyanov
Trois rivières by Kaija Saariaho
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Live streamed on January 16, 2020
Ayano Kataoka, Ian Rosenbaum, Christopher Froh, Eduardo Leandro (percussion)

Chamber Music

Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion by Béla Bartók
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Filmed live in the Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio on March 15, 2020
Alessio Bax, Lucille Chung (pianos)
Ian Rosenbaum, Ayano Kataoka (percussion)

Chamber Opera

Cuatro Corridos (Trailer)
Cuatro Corridos is a chamber opera addressing one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking. Based on true events, it tells the story of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists.

Theater Music

Gone, Dog. Gone! by Mark Applebaum
Yellow Barn 2020 Summer Season
Streamed on July 30, 2020
Ayano Kataoka, Eduardo Leandro (percussion)
Musique de tables by Thierry de Mey
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Filmed live at Alice Tully Hall on February 3, 2015
Christopher Froh, Ayano Kataoka, Ian Rosenbaum (percussion)
Aphasia "dialect" (excerpt) by Mark Applebaum
Encore Performance with Josh Perry (percussion)
Ayano Kataoka Percussion Recital
ConText: seeing and feeling vol. 3 "Decade"
May 23, 2019
Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall (Tokyo, Japan)
Dressur by Mauricio Kagel - PART I
Yale Percussion Group LIVE 2004: Ayano Kataoka, Javier Alonso Sota and Kevin Dufford
Dressur by Mauricio Kagel PART II
Yale Percussion Group LIVE 2004: Ayano Kataoka, Javier Alonso Sota and Kevin Dufford
Dressur by Mauricio Kagel PART III
Yale Percussion Group LIVE 2004: Ayano Kataoka, Javier Alonso Sota and Kevin Dufford
Dressur by Mauricio Kagel PART IV
Yale Percussion Group LIVE 2004: Ayano Kataoka, Javier Alonso Sota and Kevin Dufford

Faculty Appointments


University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA
Associate Professor of Percussion
Teach graduate and undergraduate percussion students, conduct weekly studio class, and direct Percussion Ensembles
UMass Amherst Percussion Studio
Facebook Page
YouTube Channel

Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY
Interim Percussion Instructor (Fall 2019)
Taught DMA students and coached percussion chamber ensembles

Summer Institutes


Yellow Barn
Putney, VT
Instructor for Young Artists Program (summer 2021)
Visiting Faculty (summer 2019)
Web Site

Sō Percussion Summer Institute
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
Guest Speaker/Artist (summer 2014, 2021)
Web Site

Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar
The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale (Enfield, NH)
Guest Faculty (summer 2019)
Web Site

Master Classes


2021
Arizona State University | Tempe, AZ (Remote)
University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS (Remote)
Stony Brook University | Stony Brook, NY (Remote)

2020
Vanderbilt University | Nashville, TN (Remote)
University of South Florida | Tampa, FL

2019
University of Nebraska at Lincoln | Lincoln, NE
Facultad de Música de la Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas | Chiapas, Mexico
McCormick Marimba Festival at the University of South Florida | Tampa, FL

2018
University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS
Michigan State University | Lansing, MI

2017
North Carolina NewMusic Initiative at East Carolina University | Greenville, NC
Web Site

2017, 2016
Festival Internacional Cervantino | Guanajuato, Mexico

2015
University of Nevada, Reno | Reno, NV
McGill University | Montreal, Canada
University of Veracruz | Xalapa, Mexico
Lee University | Chattanooga, TN

2014
Ueno Gakuen University | Tokyo, Japan
University of New Mexico | Albuquerque, NM

2013
Kyoto City University of Arts | Kyoto, Japan

2012
University of Miami Frost School of Music | Miami, FL
University of South Florida Tampa | Tampa, FL
Bard College | Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2011
Onondaga Community College | Syracuse, NY
Toin University of Yokohama | Yokohama, Japan

2010
Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion (Michigan) | East Lansing, MI
Wright State University | Dayton, OH
Interlochen Arts Academy | Interlochen, MI

2004-2009
Sylvia Smith Percussion Duo (Baltimore, MD; Sharon, VT)
Performances and master classes with percussionist Sylvia Smith featuring percussion and theater music by Stuart Saunders Smith

2009
Keene State College, UMass Amherst, The Hartt School of Music, Goucher College, University of Maryland College Park, Millikin University School of Music, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2008
University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Akron

2007
Western Michigan University, Catholic University, Goucher College, New College of Florida, University of South Florida Tampa, Western Carolina University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Appalachian State University, Georgia State University, Central Florida University, University of North Florida, Stetson University

2006
Michigan State University, Coe College, Iowa State University, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, University of Chicago, Kansas State University, University of North Texas, West Texas A&M University

2005
UMass Amherst, Bowdoin College, Slippery Rock University, New York University, William Patterson University, Queens College, University of California San Diego, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, Portland State University

2004
Stony Brook University, The Hartt School of Music, SUNY Fredonia, Bowling Green State University, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Akron, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Adjudications


Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect
New York, NY
Adjudicator for the live percussion auditions (2020)
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Young Concert Artists
New York, NY
Invited as adjudicator for percussion finalists (2017-19)
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The Great Plains International Marimba Competition
Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University (Oklahoma City, OK)
Adjudicator in high school solo division, collegiate solo division, and graduate solo division (2013-14)
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Music@Menlo: Incredible Decades vol. 7
Various Artists

2019
Featuring "Micro Concerto" for Percussionist and Mix Quintet by Steven Mackey
Ayano Kataoka (Percussion) Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute) Romie de Guise-Langlois (Clarinet) Kristin Lee (Violin) David Requiro (Cello) Hyeyeon Park (Piano)
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Cuatro Corridos: A Chamber Opera
Cuatro Corridos

2016
This remarkable chamber opera, set to a libretto by Jorge Volpi, was written by four composers-- two Mexican and two from the United States. Librettist Volpi writes that "the stories told in the opera help us to hear and see precisely what we prefer to ignore and pass over in silence."
Susan Narucki (Soprano), Pablo Gomez (Guitar), Aleck Karis (Piano), Ayano Kataoka (Percussion)
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Music@Menlo: Around Dvořák vol. 6
Various Artists

2014
Featuring "American Songbook II: A Journey beyond Time" by George Crumb
Florian Conzetti, Percussion Christopher Froh, Percussion Gilbert Kalish, Piano Ayano Kataoka, Percussion Ian Rosenbaum, Percussion Randall Scarlata, Baritone
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Paul Lansky: Textures and Threads
Various Artists

2014
"Textures" is composed for the group Hammer/Klavier (two pianists and two percussionists) and is a major addition to the repertoire for this combination. "Threads" for 4 percussionists has become one of the most frequently performed pieces for percussion ensemble, played and recorded by dozens of professional and university ensembles. Threads is given a wildly dynamic ride in this new recording by the Time Travellers.
Hammer/Klavier: Svet Stoyanov, Gwendolyn Dease (percussion); Thomas Rosenkranz, Michael Sheppard (piano) Time Travellers: Gwendolyn Dease, Svet Stoyanov, Ian Rosenbaum, Ayano Kataoka (percussion)
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CMS Live! Adolphe: Self Comes to Mind
Based on text by Antonio Damasio; Recorded from a live performance on November 13, 2012 in Alice Tully Hall
Efe Baltacigil, cello; Ayano Kataoka, Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion
Music@Menlo: Maps and Legends vol. 1
Various Artists

2010
Fearturing "Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III)" by George Crumb
Christopher Froh, Percussion; Gilbert Kalish, Piano; Ayano Kataoka, Percussion; Wu Han, Piano
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Breaking Training
Conor & Ayano Duo

2009
The Conor and Ayano Duo explores repertoire for flute and percussion that takes its inspiration from various folkloric, world music, and vernacular styles.
Conor Nelson (flute), Ayano Kataoka (percussion)
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STUART SAUNDERS SMITH: The Links Series of Vibraphone Essays
Various Artists

2009
The Links Series of Vibraphone Essays is scored for vibraphone in various settings, from unaccompanied solos to duos with flute, piano and off-stage orchestra bells. The title "Links" refers to the entire structure of the work, in that the end of one composition elides to the beginning of the next-a link in a delicate necklace. Also, "links" in German means "left" in English.
Masako Kunimoto, Steve Sehman, Bill Sallak, Steven Schick, Aiyun Huang, Fabio Oliveira, Justin DeHart, Jude Traxler, Berndt Thurner, Ayano Kataoka, Chris Leonard, Dale Speicher, Matt Apanius, vibraphone; Katalin Lukacs, piano; Gisela Mashayekhi-Beer, flute
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Dreams of Fancy, Tales of Loss
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

2009
Featuring "Dream Music No. 2" for Harpsichord, Celesta, and Percussion by William Balcom
Kenneth Cooper (harpsichord) Ayano Kataoka, John Ferrari, Tom Kolor (percussion)
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English
片岡綾乃(パーカッション/マリンバ)

千葉県出身。5歳よりマリンバ、15歳よりパーカッションを始める。東京藝術大学音楽学部卒業後に渡米し、ジョンズ・ホプキンス大学ピーボディ音楽院にて修士課程、イェール大学音楽院にてアーティスト・ディプロマコースを修了。久保友子、藤城佳之、高橋美智子、有賀誠門、ロバート・ヴァン・サイスの各氏に師事。ニューヨークのリンカーンセンターを拠点とするリンカーンセンター室内楽音楽協会(Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center=CMS)の若手演奏家育成プログラム「The Bowers Program (CMS Two)」に、難関のオーディションを経てパーカッショニストとして初のアーティストとなる。2005年のCMSデビューコンサートで、エマニュエル・アックス/野崎洋子夫妻、ドン・リウツィ(フィラデルフィア管弦楽団首席ティンパニスト)とバルトークの「2台ピアノと打楽器の為のソナタ」を演奏して以来、アメリカの室内楽シーンをリードする協会の主要メンバーのパーカッショニストとして、高度な演奏技術と芸術性、かつ柔軟なアンサンブルスキルを要する様々なレパートリーの演奏に携わり、あらゆる楽器のトップレベル奏者との共演を維持している。 2017-18年シーズン最後のCMSコンサートではコンチェルトソリストとしてスティーブン・マッキー作曲の「ミクロ・コンチェルト」を演奏、プログラムとシーズンのトリを務めた。2009年、世界的チェリストのヨーヨー・マと、 ニューヨークのアメリカ自然史博物館にてチェロと2人のパーカッショニストの為の新曲「Self Comes to Mind」(Bruce Adolphe作曲)を、脳神経科学者による脳のイメージ画像とのライブコラボレーションという形で世界初演。その他、ストラヴィンスキー作曲の「兵士の物語」を、アメリカのTVシリーズ「M*A*S*H」のホークアイ・ピアス役で有名な俳優のアラン・アルダ、同じくTVドラマ「ER緊急救命室」ジョン・カーター役で知られるノア・ワイリーらと共演する等、ジャンルを超えたプロジェクトやアーティストとのコラボレーションも多数おこなっている。日本では、2009年東京オペラシティー文化財団主催の「B to C(ビートゥーシー)」に出演、コンサートの模様はNHKBSの「クラシック倶楽部」にて放送された。現在アメリカに在住し、マサチューセッツ大学アマースト校(University of Massachusetts Amherst) 音楽学部打楽器科准教授として、後進の指導にも当たっている。