UCF Music Department
Ayako Yonetani

Ayako Yonetani

  • Professor

yonetani@mail.ucf.edu
407-823-6190
Office Hours: By appointment only
Campus Location: PACM127
View Personal Web site

Ayako Yonetani, DMA, violinist and violist, was born in Kobe, Japan, where, at the age of five, she began violin studies with the famous Saburo Sumi. Since winning the Japan National competition at age nine, She has quickly ascended to the top ranks of Japan’s violinists.

Yonetani received her Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with Hyo Kang and the late Dorothy DeLay, world-renowned violin pedagogue, who taught such artists as Perlman, Midori, Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham and Sarah Chang. Since 1989 she has assisted the late Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard pre-college division and at the Aspen Music Festival and School. She held the Issac Stern concertmaster chair of the Academy Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2001 and 2002.

After Yonetani moved to the US in 1982, she has appeared frequently as a recitalist in major cities such as New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis and Orlando. Since 1998, she has performed over 300 concerts including 100 international concerts on three continents. These appearances included numerous solo recitals, solos with orchestras, chamber music and ensemble performances. These concerts took place in prestigious venues such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Vienna’s Musikverrein, Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, Slovak Republic’s Dome Umenia, Dresden’s Semperoper, and Astana City Hall in Kazakhstan.

In addition to concert performances, her international reputation has been enhanced by recordings and engagements as a master-teacher and/or judge for musical competitions. Yonetani released a solo CD of Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn compositions, and she has participated in the production of six ensemble CDs as a member of Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo. Her Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn concerto CD with the Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra was selected as “The CD of the Month” by WMFE-90.7FM in October 2004.

Currently she is a full professor of violin and viola at the University of Central Florida and is also a member of Japan’s premier chamber ensemble, Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo. She has been chosen as an official artist, the first violinist in its 30-year history for the Florida State Touring Program since 2006. Japan’s premier music publisher, Ongaku no Tomo, published her Japanese translation of Barbara L. Sand’s book Teaching Genius: Dorothy DeLay and the Making of a Musician in November, 2001. The book went its fourth printing, and over 4500 copies have been sold. Dr. Yonetani is profiled in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America every year since 2004. In 2006, she was elected as Honorary Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

In May of 2011, Yonetani was invited back the Kosice Music Festival in Slovakia to play the Beethoven violin concerto on the tour with the Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice and she was invited back again for the fourth time in 2015. She also played in the Gala concert of the 50-year anniversary of the Humenne Spring Music Festival. The Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo gave its first American tour in May 2012, performing at the National Gallery of Arts in Washington, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Sanders Theater at Harvard in Boston, and the Avery Fischer Hall in New York.

The President of Panama invited Yonetani to present a violin recital for the benefit of Japanese Earthquake Victims in March 2012. She taught at the Hawaii Suzuki Summer Institute in 2014. Future concerts include concerts and recording with the Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice in May 2017, and several recitals and workshops in Kushiro and Kamakura, Japan.  

Education

  • D.M.A. in Violin Performance from Juilliard School (1993)
  • M.M. in Violin Performance from Juilliard School (1987)
  • B.M. in Violin Performance from Juilliard School (1986)

Research Interests

Violin Performance (concert)

Joint research about music and the brain

Recent Research Activities

2015-2016 season

Performances (International)

Date – Description including titles of works performed, Location

  • May 12, 2015, Performed solo, Brahms concerto with the Slovak State Philharmonic of Kosice at Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia
  • June 29, July 5, & July 12 Master Class at Maestrora Conservatory, Tokyo, Japan
  • July 3 & 4, Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo Subscription Concerts at Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan, Mozart: Overture from Marriage of Figaro, Brahms: Double concerto, Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, conducted by Semyon Bychkov
  • July 10 & 11 Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo 20-year Anniversary Special concert at Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Bach: Mass in b minor conducted by Trevor Pinnock
  • July 14, 2015  Recital at Maestrora,  Tokyo, Japan, Handel Sonata No. 3, Bach: Solo Sonata No. 1, Beethoven: Duo for Violin & Cello, Handel: Passacaglia
  • July 20,  Violin Recital at Kushiro, Japan, Schubert: Sonatina No. 1, Akira Ifukube: Sonata, Bach: Solo Sonata No. 1, Kreisler: Tempo di Minuetto, Tambourine Chinois, Chanson Louis the 13th & Pavane, Brahms: Sonata No. 3
  • Nov. 29, Violin Recital at Kamakura, Japan, Handel: Sonata No. 3, Grieg: Sonata No. 3, Kreisler: Tempo di Menuetto, Bach: Chaconne, Piazzolla: Escualo, Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy
  • Feb. 12 & 13, 2016, Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo concerts. Mozart: Divertiment KV136, Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2, Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2, Strauss: Metamorphosen.

Performances (National)

  •     June 13, 2015, Performed some solo works (Piazzolla & Handel) and Chamber Music (Schumann Piano Quartet) at the Greenwich Public Library, CT.
  • August 14, Performed Solo Bach Chaconne at the graduation of the Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, Aspen, CO.    

3) Performances (Regional)

    • June 4 & 5, Master Class at the Brevard Chamber Seminar
  • June 6, 2015, Performed solo, (Kreisler Tamburine & Chinois)  and chamber music, (Arensky Quartet)  at the Faculty recital at the Brevard Chamber Seminar
  • Oct. 17, Performed the Bruch Violin concerto with the UCF Symphony Orchestra at the Osceola School of Arts. 

4) Performances (Local)

  • August 20, Performed some solo at Orlando Rotary Club
  • Sept. 27, Fundraising for MDNA at Paddock Street home, Grieg: Sonata No. 3, Bach: Concerto for Two Violins, Brahms: Sonata No. 3, Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, & Movie music
  • Oct. 4, Stravinsky Soldier’s Tale at Visual Arts Building at UCF.
  • Nov. 8, “Ayako at Polasek” guest, Keith Koons, Handel: Sonata No. 1, Telemann: Canonic Sonata No. 1, Rhapsody for solo Clarinet by Wilson Osborne, Bruch: Concerto No. 1, Stravinsky: Excerpts from Soldier’s Tale Trio, Paul Harvey: Three Etudes on Themes by Gershwin, Sarasate: Carment Fantasy.
  • Dec. 11, (gig) Most Catholic Church
  • Dec. 17, 18, 19 & 20 Orlando Ballet, Nutscracker
  • Dec. 24 (gig) Concertmaster at St. Lukes
  • Jan. 16, “Ayako at Polasek” No. 2, guest, Eladio Scharron, guitar, Handel: Queen of Sheba, Ibert: Paraboles, Villa-Lobos: Prelude in e minor, Stella Sung: Modinha, Antoio Brett: Danzon, Jorge Morel: Prelude and Staccato Dance, Piazzolla: History of Tango, Vivaldi: Winter from Four Seasons.
  • Feb. 18, Keith Koons Faculty Recital, Phillip Parker: Alliterations (20120
  • Feb. 27, Clarinet Day, Phillips Parker: Alliterations.
  • March 6 “Ayako at Polasek” No. 3,  Guests, Karl Singletary viola and Elizabeth Louise, harp,  Beethoven Romance No. 1, Dello Joio Bagatelles for harp, Saint-Saens: Fantasie for Violin and Harp, Bach: Solo Suite No. 2 in d minor, Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola
  • March 24,  Performance for the Provost Update at the UCF Board meeting
  • March 25 & 27 Good Friday & Easter, concertmaster at St. Lukes (gig)
  • April 3, Fundraising concert at Paddock for Medical School
  • April 8, “UCF Celebrates the Arts”  Alive Inside Presentation
  • April 9, “UCF Celebrates the Arts” Hans Zimmer concert
  • April 11, “UCF Celebrates the Arts”  Stravinsky Soldier’s Tale 

Awards

  • 2013  Re-selected for an official artist for the Florida State Touring Artists Program.
  • 2010   The Women Making a History Award, UCF
  • 2008   Research Incentive Award at UCF
  • 2006   Honorary Crown Fellow from the Aspen Institute

Activities

Workshops, Seminars, Etc. Conducted by semester:


June 4 & 5 Chamber Music Seminar, Brevard Chamber Seminar. (Melbourne, FL)

  • July 18,  Kushiro Youth Orchestra Coaching, (Kushiro, Japan-International)

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10557 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
11098 MUN5465L Graduate Chamber Music Face2Face Th 12:00PM - 1:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10722 MUS3930H Hon Special Topic Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Not Online
No Description Available
10389 MVS1211 Secondary Violin Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10196 MVS1212 Secondary Viola Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10200 MVS1411 Violin Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10201 MVS1412 Viola Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10205 MVS2421 Violin Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10206 MVS2422 Viola Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10210 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10459 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10211 MVS3432 Viola Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10460 MVS3432 Viola Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10215 MVS4441 Violin Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10216 MVS4442 Viola Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10220 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10221 MVS5452 Viola Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10580 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10581 MVS6462 Viola Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91033 MUL4437 String Literature and Pedagogy Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Available
No Description Available
91034 MUL5439 String Literature and Pedagogy Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Available
No Description Available
80390 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Available
No Description Available
80228 MVS1211 Secondary Violin Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80229 MVS1212 Secondary Viola Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80233 MVS1411 Violin Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80234 MVS1412 Viola Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80239 MVS2421 Violin Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80240 MVS2422 Viola Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80245 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80512 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80246 MVS3432 Viola Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80513 MVS3432 Viola Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80251 MVS4441 Violin Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80252 MVS4442 Viola Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80257 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80258 MVS5452 Viola Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80611 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80612 MVS6462 Viola Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10564 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Available
No Description Available
10736 MUS3930H Hon Special Topic Face2Face Tu,Th 1:30PM - 2:45PM Available
No Description Available
21530 MVS1211 Secondary Violin Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10197 MVS1212 Secondary Viola Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10201 MVS1411 Violin Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10202 MVS1412 Viola Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10206 MVS2421 Violin Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10207 MVS2422 Viola Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10211 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10465 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10212 MVS3432 Viola Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10466 MVS3432 Viola Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10216 MVS4441 Violin Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10217 MVS4442 Viola Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10221 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
10222 MVS5452 Viola Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10587 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10588 MVS6462 Viola Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80397 MUN3483 String Ensemble Face2Face M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Available
No Description Available
80952 MUN5465L Graduate Chamber Music Face2Face Tu 12:00PM - 1:20PM Available
No Description Available
80235 MVS1211 Secondary Violin Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80236 MVS1212 Secondary Viola Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80240 MVS1411 Violin Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80241 MVS1412 Viola Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80246 MVS2421 Violin Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80247 MVS2422 Viola Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80252 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80522 MVS3431 Violin Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80253 MVS3432 Viola Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80523 MVS3432 Viola Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80258 MVS4441 Violin Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80259 MVS4442 Viola Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80264 MVS5451 Violin Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80265 MVS5452 Viola Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80637 MVS6461 Violin Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80638 MVS6462 Viola Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2016.

Updated: Aug 19, 2017

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-2869 Fax: 407-823-3378 • E-mail: ucfmusic@ucf.edu