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Born in Japan, Ayano SHIMADA began her musical studies at the age of four.
She won prizes at several international competitions; Jean Francaix (1st prize, 2001), Trani (1st prize, 2003), Sydney (4th prize, 2004) etc.
She studied at the Toho High School of Music, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and Hochschule für Musik und Theatre Leipzig.
She performed in several countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony 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 masterclasses as a soloist and chamber musician in Japan and European countries.