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Born in Yokohama (Japan), Ayano SHIMADA began her musical studies at the age of four with Prof. Sachiko FUKUOKA. She won prizes at several important competitions in Japan. She studied with Prof. Mamiko SUDA at the Toho High School of Music where she acquired her diploma in 1997 as the excellent piano student. In the same year, she won the fifth prize at the Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Macao. Ayano SHIMADA entered with the highest marks the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, in the class of Prof. Jean-François HEISSER in 1998. And she also has studied with Prof. Aquiles DELLE-VIGNE since 2000. She acquired diploma of Piano and Chamber Music at CNSM de Paris in 2002 and was admitted to the Postgraduate program (Cycle de Perfectionnement) of the same Conservatory. She studied at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, with Prof. Jean-Claude PENNETIER, and acquired the Concertist-Diploma in 2006. As a scholar of Japanese government, she moved to Germany and studied with Prof. Gerald FAUTH at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig.

She was prize winner at several international competitions; the first prize at the Jean Françaix International Music Competition (France, 2001) and at the Trani International Piano Competition (Italy, 2003), the fourth prize and the special prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition (Australia, 2004).

She performed in several countries; in France (Salle Cortot), Belgium, Netherlands (De Doelen), Italy (Palazzo Vecchio), Germany (Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Mosel Festwochen Musikfestival), Austria, South Africa, Tunisia, South Korea and Japan, with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra etc. She appeared on radio and TV programs in Japan and also in Europe.

Her first CD "Debussy-Dutilleux-Ravel" (2006) received critical acclaim and high praise of the composer Henri DUTILLEUX.

Back in Japan in 2011, she started teaching at the Ueno Gakuen University in Tokyo. She is regularly invited to the music festivals, and gives recitals, concerts with orchestra, and chamber music concerts in Japan and European countries.

Official Website -> http://ayanoshimada.online.fr

Repertoire (Concertos & Chamber Music)